Tucked away in a small group of shops, you’d honestly drive right by this eatery if it wasn’t on your radar. Technically, they’re called House of Salad Woodfire Pizza Restaurant, which is a bit of a mouthful, so it’s just House of Salad to us.
Our server was smiling when we entered, and kindly showed us to our corner table. The place had a low hum: pizza oven blazing, a few other diners chattering away over the soft rock music playing, it’s looking good so far!
We love garlic, so the garlic bread ($7) was a must to start off with. The thickly sliced french bread was promptly delivered, albeit a bit dry for our liking. Not sure if it was dry as a result of overcooking (because it wasn’t burnt), or dry from the lack of garlic butter. Regardless, we both agreed it could’ve used a generous dousing of both butter and garlic. We still ate all four pieces, so clearly we weren’t too dismayed ;P
We also ordered a French salad ($11) to accompany our pizzas, and was quite pleased with it. The serving size was just right for two, and the somewhat sweet vinaigrette was refreshing on the crunchy leaves and vegetables. Not sure what made it a French salad over just a Garden salad, but what’s in a name right?
|Roman Woodfired Pizza|
Shawn ordered a large Roman Woodfired Pizza ($20), with tomatoes, mozzarella, leg ham, hot salami, olives, roasted capsicum and mushroom. He was completely happy with the flavour. And as you can see pictured to the left, he already snagged a slice before I had a chance to take a photo! He was only saddened when he realized the anticipated large was actually a medium. Noticing Shawn’s deflated enthusiasm, the waiter quickly ran back to the open kitchen to rectify the error. Their effort in making a second ‘top-up’ pizza was most appreciated, but it was clearly a rush job. A quarter of the ‘top-up’ pizza was ballooned with dough, with only a few askew ingredients thrown on. Nowhere near as good as the first, and definitely not as pretty. But, the important thing to note here, is that it’s the thought that counts, right?
|Bright & Beautiful|
I requested a medium Bright & Beautiful Woodfire Organic Pizza ($19) which, to Shawn’s chagrin, came out as a large. Oops! 😉 Nevertheless, size didn’t bother me at all because it was yum! Generously covered with pumpkin, broccoli, garlic oil, lemon, thyme, vintage cheddar, and gorgonzola cheese, it was most definitely beautiful! And because it was organic, it made it even more super special!
So, what did we think? Yeah, the food was pretty good, and so was the service. If you’re in the area, we’d recommend to give them a try. Speaking of, they seem to have a pretty solid following in Eltham, with locals constantly popping in, and being recognized by first name – that’s always a good sign!