I love pizza and pasta, actually let’s be real I love any and all carbs, but I especially love them when they are served to me as Italian food! I have recently noticed the buzz of people sharing photos and tweets about @broccoli_uk and I was lucky enough to be asked to come and try out their awesome food at their cute little Soho location. I have walked past Broccoli pizza and pasta quite a few times and just thought it was another cheap Italian takeaway that didn’t really put quality into their food, but wow was I wrong. If you are ever in Soho and see Broccoli make sure you don’t make the same assumptions that I did and go in and try out their amazing food!
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta only has one location in London, but they actually have 57 sites all around the world and they are planning to open 100 more soon! I always get excited seeing small business blossom into larger companies. With such amazing food, I bet they will be a huge hit and have tons more store soon enough. This casual dine in or takeaway store provides high-quality Italian food at an affordable price and they are now listed on Uber Eats so amazing food delivered to your door (I’m in)! Aside from takeaway, they do have seating downstairs, but at first glance, it doesn’t look like it. I had to ask the staff if I could sit downstairs. There is plenty of room to sit downstairs, but you’ve just got to go down the small spiral staircase to get to the lower level.
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta’s concept can easily be described as the Subway for Italian food. There are set dishes but you can pick from an array of different toppings and garnishes to make any kind of dish you would like. They have quite a few different pizzas and pasta to choose from as well as pasta salads, salads, and soups. Oh, I forgot to mention they do breakfast as well! I didn’t get a chance to try out their breakfast menu, but it all looked quite appetizing! They also have quite a few salads that looked really good, but I was all about the carbs and decided to get a pasta and medium sized pizza, don’t judge. I went for the BBQ chicken pizza and the prawn pasta, yes I got two dishes because I love Italian food and any form of carbs!
The staff were so attentive and helpful and really knew what to recommend. I really appreciated them guiding me through the menu since it was my first time. Sometimes I do feel that staff are more friendly to bloggers because they know they are going to get a review, but nonetheless, they were super nice and really informative. The food was enjoyable and I really loved how it was made fresh right in front of my eyes and in front of me in minutes. Now I have pretty high standards for pizza, but for takeaway pizza, this place wasn’t bad at all. I would say it ranks pretty highly as far as takeaways are concerns. The pasta was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the pizza was nice a cheesy. It is definitely not an upscale Italian restaurant but it is great comfort food and the best part is that they now deliver using Uber Eats!
I quite enjoyed my overall experience at Broccoli and I would 100% go back for a quick pizza or pasta, but it is defiantly got the takeaway feel to it and not really even casual dining. I would say this is a great place to visit for your lunch break at work or a cheeky takeaway on Sunday night. All in all, I would recommend this place, but I am still very confused as to why it is named broccoli, I think it confuses the general public as to what type of food they will be getting.
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Broccoli Pizza and Pasta
49 Bedford St
Broccoli Pizza & Pasta, founded in Dubai in 2011, proudly opened its doors to our first restaurant in London United Kingdom on 1st July 2016 to add to the list of 36 open branches in 3 countries.
The freshly prepared meals are now part of the daily dining satisfaction of all ages and cultures across the World, including the Middle East and Europe. Broccoli Pizza & Pasta is a fresh Italian food brand which offers freshly prepared and customised dishes to suit the clients requirements and dietary needs. The name, Broccoli, speaks for the nutritious vegetable which is a symbol of our aim for healthy eating and quality fresh meals.
Broccoli Pizza & Pasta has a unique company concept where food is prepared and cooked in a theatre style kitchen, in full vision of the customers. The idea was established in 2011 from the first operational branch in Barsha Heights (formerly known as Tecom), Dubai. We currently have 36 operational outlets across the following locations; United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and United Kingdom plus under construction shops in Qatar and Bahrain. We are projected to have over 100 restaurants by the end of 2016 and we aim to open over 300 by 2018.
The menu offers a wide selection of fresh and healthy Pizza, Pasta, Soup, Salads and Daily Specials.
Having the ability to order a fully personalised meal and seeing it being cooked live is always reassuring that the meal you are about to receive is of the high quality you expect.
Broccoli Pizza & Pasta offers Franchising Opportunities throughout the World, in any approved country. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact our Franchise Team on +971501144767 or +971505129581.
I walk past Broccoli Pizza and Pasta all the time and have never got round to popping in to see what it’s all about… So, when I had the opportunity tonight to go and try a couple of dishes I was pretty inquisitive what it is that seems to make this place busy every time I go by.
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta opened the doors to their first restaurant in 2011 in Tecom, Dubai and has proven such a hit that they currently have 57 sites up and running, including the recent London addition, and 100 more in the planning stages. The casual-dining chain provides Italian food at an affordable price and is available both for take-away/delivery and eat-in (although I never would have known this had I not enquired inside since the seating area is located downstairs via a small staircase hidden to the left).
There’s a decent range of pizzas and pastas on offer here, as well as a few salads, soups and breakfast options… But hey, who goes to a pizza and pasta chain to eat a salad? Not me. All pizzas come available in either small, medium or large size and I would usually of course go for the large, but given that I was also planning on trying another dish, I figured I should probably settle for a medium. I went for the original margherita pizza, since there was no ham or artichoke available to rustle up what is usually my favourite style, although I could have chosen from a variety of toppings available at the counter had I wanted to. The lady making my pizza (which you get to see being made in front of you, yay!) was all too happy to make sure my request for a thin crust was seen to, and I noticed all three employees being just as helpful with the orders of whoever else came in… Sometimes I wonder if, when the staff know they’re serving a blogger, the service might not be a true reflection of the usual, but I’m happy to report that everyone seemed to be given just as much care and attention as I was 🙂 The pizza was enjoyable, the base was thin and the crust crunchy, the generous amount of cheese was deliciously gooey and I would definitely grab a pizza here again. Look, it’s not the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life, but I don’t think it’s trying to be either. It may not be what I would expect at an upmarket restaurant in mayfair, but it’s good comfort food and does the Saturday night take-away job just fine… Especially at £9.99 for a large with free delivery, I think it’s pretty good value.
The other dish I tried was the beef lasagne. Broccoli also do both vegetable and chicken versions, but personally I like a good old traditional beef lasagne best. At £6.99, this was a very generous portion that was not only topped with lashings of delicious bechamel sauce and cheese that had turned gloriously crispy in the oven, but the lady behind the counter proceeded to ensure that there was an avalanche of grated parmesan on top, much to my delight. I prefer my lasagne to have a lot of mince meat rather than be mostly sauce, and so this lasagne hit just the spot. Big portion of hearty, meaty, carby, cheesey goodness… It’s a yes from me.
I liked Broccoli, and I would go back if I fancied a quick pizza or bowl of pasta, but it’s definitely a very casual-dining restaurant. I’d most likely order take away on a Friday or Saturday night as opposed to sitting downstairs in the basement area, and I wouldn’t advise going if you’re looking for any sort of traditional table service dining experience. As for why it’s called Broccoli, I haven’t a clue. The website says it’s because they promote healthy eating but I’m not sure my personal trainer would agree that my pizza and pasta binge was really in line with that!
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta
49 Bedford St
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+44 20 7240 0574
BROCCOLI UK REVIEW, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON
Broccoli Pizza & Pasta is a very well-known chain in the UAE.
Their first location in England opened last July in Covent Garden.
I got to try it out for the first time last week and guys, I think it’s a game changer.
C O N C E P T
Unlike most pizza and pasta restaurants where you order off a menu, Broccoli gives you the ability to “make your own” pasta, and it’s done right in front of you. This process reminded me of Subway and how they make their sandwiches. It’s easy, authentic, and delicious. Most Broccoli restaurants have the kitchen next to the seating area, but this one did not due to space constraints. They deliver within three miles and have plans to open in multiple other London boroughs.
D E C O R & L O C A T I O N
Since the first Broccoli UK is located in the hub of Covent Garden, this place is frequented by working professionals. The Covent Garden location is unique in that it is a takeaway, given the limited space. I am looking forward to the future locations, which will have seating on level with the kitchen. The downstairs has seating for twenty or so, but there is no natural light, so it doesn’t feel like the most welcoming of spaces. I think the era of brightly colored restaurants came to an end five years ago, so I’m surprised they’ve pushed through with lime green. But that could just be my modern design mindset coming through.
T A S T E
I give this place ten out of ten stars for their flavor. To be honest, the lime green decor made me a little anxious when I walked in because the food and drink world is clearly moving toward minimalist decor, but the flavor of my food made up for my eyes hurting from the bright green. I ordered the margarita pizza, and my friend/fellow blogger in crime (hyperlink her blog), Chaz, ordered the chicken lasagna. When we got our food, I knew we were in for a treat. My pizza was glistening with cheesy tomato goodness, and her lasagna looked baked to perfection. The crust was delicious, but not too doughy, and filling. The lasagna had a generous amount of meat in it, and looked like it belonged in a bistro. I ate half of my medium-sized pizza, and she had half of her chicken lasagna. Thankfully, they gave us takeaway bags! (Still surprised at how many places in London don’t do that.) The operations manager told us that the vegetables and sauces are fresh every day and that the recipes are originally Italian. So hey, even if it was started in Dubai, it is authentically Italian miei amici!
P R I C E & S E R V I C E
If you go to an Italian restaurant in London, you can bet you’ll pay between £12-30 for one person’s meal. Our meal for the two of us came out to less than £20. Not even joking. Like I said earlier, I think this is a game changer, people. There’s a reason Broccoli is so successful in the UAE. If the constant stream of people coming in and out while I was there told me anything, it’s that we can expect Broccoli to do very well here in the UK! The staff behind the kitchen were very friendly and making conversation with every customer. I found that very refreshing, given how overwhelming it must be to have so many people ordering at once or changing orders multiple times.