As much as I love to go out to eat, I often cook at home (as mentioned many times). However, when neither option is feasible, I do what many do - take out pizza. At one point, I would just get some Panago and that was that. But somewhere along the way, Panago became a "gourmet" pizza joint and prices just do not seem all that attractive anymore. Hence, I'd much rather hit up one of the many other less known pizza shops. So after picking up my daughter from her art class, I got some pizza and other things from Mr. Pan Pizza & Indian Cuisine.
I ended up choosing the "Family Special" that included two 3-topping pizzas, Lasagna (or Lizanga as it was appeared on the placard), Garlic Bread, Salad and 2-litre pop for $33.00. By the looks of it, the garlic bread and salad were definitely throw-ins as they were not that great. The bread was not toasted and wasn't very soft nor garlicky. Browning, lifeless and dressing-less, we didn't touch the salad. As for the Pizzas, they were acceptable with a pan-crust that was semi-thick and dense. It wasn't greasy at all and nicely browned on the bottom. There was no lack of cheese nor toppings including plenty of non-fatty bacon, pepperoni and mushrooms on the first pizza. The second featured an equal amount of bacon, ham and pineapple. We found the sauce to be mildly tangy and overly sweet.
The Lasagna was pretty typical of a take-out pizza place, but it didn't lack cheese on top (which was not burnt nor too overcooked). We found lasagna noodles quite soft and not seasoned. Hence, there was lack of depth in terms of flavour. All of it came from the sauce which wasn't too tart, yet very peppery. It wasn't enough to flavour the bland noodles though. To get a taste of the Indian food portion of the menu, I got a Butter Chicken with naan and rice. I asked for medium and it resulted in a spicy butter chicken. Beyond that, there was a significant tomato paste slant to the dish while still creamy enough to balance it out somewhat. The chunks of chicken were large and sufficiently moist and flavourful. This was a pretty decent butter chicken given the venue.
Even the Naan was half-decent being fluffy and chewy at the same time. There was a significant char on the bottom which added a nuttiness and slight smoky flavour. So in the end, the pizza was passable while the one Indian dish we had was pretty good. Given the pricing and the amount of food, we thought it was fair deal. For me at least, I would be more interested in going back to try their Indian food over the pizza and pasta.
- Decent Indian food
- Fair pricing
- The garlic bread and salad were terrible
- Pizza and pasta were average