Customs House, 31 Alfred St
Circular Quay, NSW 2000
Had lunch with a girl friend earlier this week. Choice of venue was Young Alfred. Famous for their gourmet pizzas, I was initially thinking that it meant really thin pizzas with not much topping, as from my previous experience with most gourmet pizzerias. I was so wrong!
Anyway, it was pretty packed when we arrived, as it’s popular with the office lunchtime crowd. It has a casual atmosphere but at approx $20 per pizza, it’s certainly not an el cheapo place 😉 We promptly ordered and a few minutes later, the waitress came round with 2 plates of what looked like bruschetta. We told her we didn’t order it, so she took it back.. only to return a few seconds later saying, “It’s on the house” We were delighted, you can’t go wrong with free food! 😀 However, I noticed no other table seemed to have scored this freebie, so we decided that the kitchen probably accidently made an extra or something. It was Bruschetta with marinated mushrooms, cheese and spinach leaves, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The dish tasted mild, which brought out the flavour of the mushrooms.. and it was a nice, non-filling appetiser. However, the edges of the bread was a bit burnt, which is a no-no.
For our mains, we had Pizza with sliced potato, caramelised onions, gorgonzola cheese, rosemary which was my choice. I’m a carbaholic and am almost constantly craving carbs. The pizza obviously appealed for that very reason 😉 It was COMPLETELY DIVINE!!!!! I think I’d rank it up there as one of the best pizzas I’d ever had. It was bursting with flavour and the mild potato went so well with the sweet caramelised onions, off-set by the strong gorgonzola cheese. Totally luscious.
We also got the Pizza with prosciutto and marinated mushrooms and olive tapenade that I was eyeing because of the marinated mushrooms. Happily, it came laden with mushrooms and slices of real prosciutto, not those little bacon bits so many pizza places love to use. The pizza sounds salty, but it wasn’t at all.. just really tasty :)~
No dessert as we were too full, but I’ve marked it as a must-revisit place, and am really keen to bring Chris back there. The pizzas really are stellar, and worth every cent since they’re packed with quality ingredients. Yum!
Young Alfred @ Customs House
Bruschetta with marinated mushrooms, cheese and spinach leaves, drizzled with balsamic vinegar
Pizza with sliced potato, caramelised onions, gorgonzola cheese, rosemary
Pizza with prosciutto and marinated mushrooms and olive tapenade