Luciano’s wood-fired pizza deliveries in SE London

Anyone who likes a good stone-baked, Italian-style pizza will know how difficult it is, to get it delivered in the Lewisham area of South East London (sure, deliveries from the likes of Papa John’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, etc are plentiful – say no more).

But then I saw this instagram post by @SouthLondonClub about Luciano’s:
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Check out this short video-clip on Instagram

Being late home from work this evening, I decided to give them a try. I phoned and ordered two 12″ pizzas. I was unable to order salads and side veggies as apparently their kitchen where ‘other food’ is prepared was out of order. I was told that only the pizza kitchen was working. So I ordered a third pizza, totalling £30.00:

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Selection of pizzas from Luciano – vesuvio; fiorentina; create-your-own

  • Vesuvio – mozzarella, tomato, onion, salami + meatballs @ £10.50
  • Fiorentina – mozzarella, tomato, spinach, Grana Padano cheese, egg, black olives @ £8.50
  • Parma ham, mushroom + black olives @ £11.00

 

Delivery time was expected to be about 45 minutes but was closer to an hour and a half. By the time it arrived, it wasn’t hot. But it was nice enough.

Luciano’s delivers to a 2.5 mile radius around SE12, SE3, SE13. That’s these areas:

  • BR1 Bromley
  • SE10 Greenwich
  • SE12 Lee
  • SE13 Lewisham
  • SE14 New Cross
  • SE3 Kidbrooke
  • SE4 Brockley
  • SE6 Bellingham
  • SE9 Eltham

If you have a South London Club card, there’s currently a 10% discount off Luciano’s deliveries. And now, you can use Just Eat to order online.

The verdict: Finally, good wood-fired Italian-style pizza deliveries in South East London. It’s reasonably priced and long overdue. Hopefully, the teething troubles preventing ‘other food’ apart from pizza being available, and slow delivery will be overcome.

Alternative option: They don’t deliver, but the fabulous La Pizzeria Italiana will do take-away orders if you collect.

 

Luciano’s info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Italian, stone-baked pizza (deliveries)
– Address: 129-131 Burnt Ash Road, Lee, London
– Postcode: SE12 8RA
– Tel: 020 8297 0800 – or order online
– Website + menus: Luciano’s website
– Photos on flickr: Luciano photos on flickr

Luciano's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Winner – Chinese delivery

It’s take-away time. The other night we decided to order a take-away and settled on Chinese for a change. Well, I say Chinese but New Winner’s menu is more Chinese-come-Thai-come-Asian-fusion.

Our Chinese banquet and carpet picnic began with:
~ Vegetarian spring rolls @ £1.90
~ Sesame prawn toast @ £4.10
~ Chicken satay on skewers with onion, cucumber + special satay sauce @ 4.20
~ Tod mun Thai fishcakes @ £4.30
~ Aromatic crispy duck (a quarter) with 6 pancakes, cucumber, spring onion, and hoi sin sauce @ £7.00


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Tod mun Thai fishcakes, seseame prawn toast, chicken satay


Chinese cuisine is possibly my least favourite but I do love crispy duck pancakes when done properly. And these didn’t disappoint (the duck was roasted and crispy with little trace of fat, pancakes were paper thin and light, and the hoi sin sauce was great). The tod mun fishcakes weren’t the best I’ve ever tasted but they weren’t bad by any means.


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Crispy duck pancakes – crispy, shredded duck with a great hoi sin sauce


For main course, K chose beef in black bean sauce with green peppers (tender beef stir fried in a special black bean paste with onion, pepper and carrot) @ £4.40 and mushroom egg fried rice @ £3.40, while I had vegetarian Thai green curry (stuffed full of crispy tofu, water chestnut, Chinese mushrooms, carrot and bamboo shoots) @ £3.80 with steamed white rice @ £2.20.


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Thai green curry with tofu + veggies


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Beef in black bean sauce + Thai green tofu curry


Haute cuisine this aint. But for a good value, convenient and *not overly unhealthy* Chinese delivery option, New Winner was a hit. We’ll order again, not frequently. But we’ll be back.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Chinese, Asian
~ Address: 278 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London
~ Postcode: SE13 6JZ
~ Tel: 020 8690 7614
~ Website + menus: New Winner website
~ Photos on flickr: images of New Winner food
~ Location: New Winner map
~ Delivery through: Just Eat


RELATED LINKS
More Lewisham Borough take-aways:
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico – eat in or take-away
~ FS2 – Turkish deliveries
~ Pide – Turkish pizza
~ Sapporo Ichiban – Japanese/sushi collections
~ Turkish Kitchen


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Turkish Kitchen – Catford

We don’t eat a lot of take-aways (honest) but this week we’ve had two. Both Turkish. Both ordered through Just Eat. And both possibly from the same people as it turns out (I only happened to notice that Pide and Turkish Kitchen have next-door addresses when writing this blog post).

So, it’s a Tuesday night and we fancy some Turkish meze type sharing food. Turkish Kitchen fits the bill.


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Turkish Kitchen meze – grilled lamb kebab, sucuk, borek, halim, falafel


We order:
Starters
~ Sucuk – Turkish garlic sausage @ £3.75
~ Borek – deep fried filo pastry filed with creamy Turkish cheese + parsley @ £3.55
~ Hellim (halloumi) – Cyprus cheese, charcoal grilled @ £3.95
~ Falafel – pan-fried balls of ground chick-peas, garlic, onions, celery, dill and parsley, served with hummus @ £3.45

Mains
~ Incik Guvec – lamb chunks stewed for hours in spices + vegetable sauce to give a soft delicate texture, served with rice @ £9.45
~ Iskender Kebab Izgara – charcoal grilled lamb fillet cubes served with butter coated homemade bread with yogurt + special Anatolian sauce, topped with drizzled butter @ £9.45


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Slow stewed lamb – Incik Guvec


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Mixed salad


The Turkish mixed salad was something else. I defy anyone who claims not to like salad, to dislike this mix of leaves, hummus, olives, cous cous, etc.

All good quality, tasty fresh food and reasonably priced.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Turkish
~ Address: 15 Catford Hill, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4NU
~ Tel: 020 8613 9370
~ Nearest station: Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website: Turkish Kitchen website
~ Menu on Just Eat: Turkish Kitchen menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Turkish Kitchen food
~ Location: Turkish Kitchen map


RELATED LINKS

More Catford dining:
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ FS2 – Turkish deliveries
~ Mekan
~ Sapporo Ichiban


Turkish Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Pide – Grandfather of pizza

Turkish pide is the original pizza so the story goes: an Italian misheard an Ottoman sailor whose mouth was full of the stuff and it became known as pizza. Apparently.

Who knows if there’s any truth in the tale. More importantly, who cares. An interesting alternative to pizza (oval shaped bread base instead of round, with Turkish food toppings) our experience was a good one.


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from a “traditional Anatolian recipe dating back thousands of years”


We were excited to discover PIDE on Just Eat on Sunday evening. We both love Turkish food and fancied something easy like pizza, so – a perfect combination.

There’s a deal for three pides for £16.95 at the mo, and the selection certainly doesn’t resemble your average pizza menu. We chose:

~ Mantar – Mushrooms, tomato puree, onions, garlic, olive oil, cheddar, mozzarella cheese and dried red basil
~ Peynir – Kashar cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella, onions, fresh mint, parsley + tomatoes
~ Meatballs – Lamb meatballs, onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, cheddar + mozzarella cheese


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Mantar pide (mushroom)


I absolutely love mushrooms, they’re one of my favourite foods. There was nothing disappointing about this mantar pide at all. But it was the least exciting of the three.


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Peynir pide – cheesy kashar + feta with fresh mint leaves


You could say the peynir pide is a Turkish take on a cheese feast but with its contrasting bitter cheese and fresh mint leaf flavours, it was original. And amazing.


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Lamb meatballs pide

Succulent spicy lamb meatballs in a tomato-ey sauce. Need I say more?

Go on, give it a try.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Turkish, pizza
~ Address: 15a Catford Hill, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4NU
~ Tel: 020 8690 0543
~ Nearest station: Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website + menus: Pide website
~ Pide on Just Eat: PIDE on Just Eat
~ Photos on flickr: images of Pide food
~ Location: Pide map


RELATED LINKS

More Catford dining:
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ FS2 – Turkish deliveries
~ Mekan
~ Sapporo Ichiban


Pide on Urbanspoon

Woondal – Indian deliveries

For dinner this evening, we both wanted authentic Indian (as opposed to my homemade) and felt like trying somewhere new.

We had a browse of Just Eat and settled on Woondal (a Hungry House ‘Top Takeaway 2013’).

As ever, ordering and paying online through Just Eat was straight-forward. The estimated delivery time was one hour, but pleasingly it arrived after about 45 minutes.

For starters we shared:
~ Sheek Kebab – minced lamb flavoured with nutmeg, mint, brown onion + ginger, cooked in the tandoor @ £3.75
~ Paneer Tikka – six cubes of paneer marinated in a tangy sauce, with salad + mint sauce @ £3.25 *divine*
~ Onion Bhajis – sliced onions mixed with chickpeas, lentils, flour + spices, deep fried to a crispy texture @ £3.25 (four chunks)


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Woondal starters (l-r): chunky onion bhajis, paneer tikka cubes, sheek kebab


All of the starters were really tasty. The chunky bhajis were full of flavour (nice and soft in the middle in contrast with their crispy shell) and the minced lamb sheek kebab was also really tender, spicy and tasty but the highlight was the paneer tikka (marinated cheese with barbecue flavours) – gorgeous.


For main course I had Bengali fish fry @ £8.45 – a whole fillet of tilapia (lightly battered in a spicy flour coating) served with seasoned sliced onions, peppers and tomatoes (a dry dish, no sauce) which was very good but not dissimilar to something I regularly cook (and is easy to cook) at home.


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Plentiful onions, peppers and tomatoes in the fish fry – a dry dish


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Woondal signature dishes: Bengali fish fry (left) + lamb shatkora (right) on coconut rice


K had ordered lamb shatkora @ £7.45 – described as “lamb cooked with the finest Indian vegetable, shatkora, which releases a wonderful fragrant aroma”.

The nicest way of describing this is that it was like chewing a lemon hand-wipe. Shatkora is a citrus (from Bangladesh I think) and while it was supposed to “release a fragrant aroma” and give a citrus flavour to the lamb, it completely overpowered it (I suspect a slippage with the shatkora quantities…). K couldn’t eat any of it, neither the sauce nor the lamb. It wasn’t pleasant and it got left.

Including a side of coconut rice @ £2.95 and two breads – a chapati @ £1.20 and plain nan @ £2.25 – the total for this food delivery came to £33.00. We’ll definitely order from Woondal again but we’ll avoid shatkora.


Left over lamb shatkora
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To avoid wasting the lamb shatkora the following day I looked up ‘how to negate the flavour of lemons‘ and found this helpful advice on ehow.com. I added butter, plenty of tomato sauce and rosemary to combat the overpowering citrus flavour, which did work to a certain extent.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Indian, Bangladeshi
~ Address: Delivered from 5 Ascot Parade, Clapham Park Road, London, SW4 7EY
~ Deliver to: SW4, SW2, SW8, SW9, SW11, SW12, SW16, SW17, SW18 & SE17, SE21, SE24, SE27, SE5, SE15, SE22
~ Open: Sunday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5.30pm -11.30pm
~ Tel: 020 7627 2099 / 020 7720 0169
~ e: info@woondal.co.uk (or catering requests to: catering@woondal.co.uk)
~ Nearest station: n/a
~ Website + menus: Woondal website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Woondal food


RELATED LINKS

More Indian deliveries (South West London):

~ Noiya – Indian restaurant + deliveries, Battersea
~ The Gurkha’s Diner – Nepalese restaurant + deliveries, Balham


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Barakah – bringing fine dining to your door

We’ve had a couple of deliveries from Barakah recently and are intent on working our way through their excellent menu (healthy, exciting Indian with a bit of a Bengali and Goan twist).

Their strapline is “bringing fine dining to your door”. And I can’t dispute it; it’s mighty fine.


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Starter selection
Photography courtesy of Keith Fryer


For starters tonight we share:
~ Khas shiek kebab – Minced lamb rolled in finely chopped peppers, onions, herbs and spices then skewered to grill perfection @ £3.50
~ Vegetarian platter – A specially prepared platter of goats cheese, samosa, onion bhaji and aloo choff (mashed potatoes + vegetables rolled in cashew nuts then fried until golden) @ £3.95
~ Butternut aloo – spicy butternut potatoes @ *complimentary*


Other starters we’ve tried, include:
~ Bengal fish tikka – Tikka fish marinated in traditional Bengali spices and grilled in the tandoor (gorgeous grilled, tasty fish!) @ £3.50
~ Murgh kofti – Spiced shredded chicken in mashed potatoes (like a fish cake but a chicken cake, in breadcrumbs. Gorgeous) @ £3.50
~ Onion bhajis – Snack of crisp, spiced onions and gram flour fritters (you get three onion bhajis – really nice – with a bit of an aniseed flavour in there, probably fennel seeds) @ £2.25


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Tasty, fresh mixed salad including olives + complimentary butternut aloo


And for main course tonight we share:
~ Lamb jalfrezi – Pieces of meat or chicken cooked in chopped onions, ginger, capsicum, tomatoes green chillies and special spices @ £5.95 (Gorgeous tender lamb but seriously hot, I can’t eat very much of this… much to K’s pleasure)
~ Goan fish curry – Tilapia fish cooked in the special Goan style @ £7.95 (really good, I’ll have this again for sure)
~ Mutter paneer – Peas + homemade cheese @ £2.95 (very coconutty, quite sweet, offering a nice contrast with the spiciness of the main meat dishes; nice large chunks of paneer too)
~ Nan – Indian bread baked in the tandoor @ £1.95
~ Boiled rice @ £1.95


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Main course – clockwise from top left: Lamb jalfrezi, Goan fish curry, mutter paneer (nan in background)
Photography courtesy of Keith Fryer


Other mains we’ve tried include:
~ Mirch Goan Masala – Chicken cooked with dry red chillies and tangerine pulp @ £6.95 (this has a real spicy kick to it; it’s hot but slightly less hot than lamb jalfrezi)

It is what it says on Barakah’s literature: “fine dining [brought] to your door” – great quality Indian food, and reasonably priced.

We’ve ordered on both occasions through Just Eat but if you order direct from Barakah’s own website there’s currently a 10% discount.

Barakah is open 7 days a week, 5.00pm to 11.00pm

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Barakah on Sydenham Road


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Indian, Bengali
~ Address: 299 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London
~ Postcode: SE26 5EW
~ Tel: 020 8778 6007
~ Nearest stations: Sydenham, Lower Sydenham, Forest Hill
~ Just Eat: Barakah menu on Just Eat
~ Barakah website + menus: Barakah website + menu
~ Food photos on flickr Barakah food pics
~ Location: Barakah map


RELATED LINKS
Nearby dining – Catford SE area:
~ Catford Bridge Tavern
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ FS2 – Turkish food
~ Mekan – Turkish food
~ Sapporo Ichiban – Japanese


Barakah on Urbanspoon

Turkish FS2 + Just Eat

Here’s the situation:
We’re in South East London, it’s a Saturday evening (last Saturday), we’re hungry and really fancy some fine quality Turkish meza and kebabs, delivered to the door. *Now*.

And here’s the resolution:
Ok, this may be slightly sneaky as we’ve done this before and know from experience what a good idea it is. But we *are* broadening the sample for more indepth analysis and more reliable results…
Place an order online at JustEat.com, for food from FS2. Sit back and relax. Then eat and enjoy.

That’s pretty much it.

FS2 sum up their services aptly on their own website, “At FS2 we use only the best and freshest ingredients. All of our food is freshly-prepared on the premises with a lot of love, care and affection. Our customers have been coming to us for years to experience delivery done right.”

They create fine quality Turkish food, including a good range of kebabs. With speedy delivery (on this occasion ours was at the door within 30 or 40 minutes) and reasonable value (it’s not cheap cheap but you get what you pay for), what more could you ask for?

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Starter meze selection


For a starter meze to share we choose:
~ Feta cheese borek – filo pastry long parcels filled with feta cheese @ £3.00
~ Grilled sucuk – spicy garlic Turkish sausage slices @ £3.00
~ Grilled halloumi – @ £3.00


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Kebab selection – clockwise from top left: kofte, chicken, donner


And for mains:
~ Adana shish kofte kebab – spicy minced lamb prepared with onions, parsley + herbs, cooked over log-burning charcoal and served in homemade bread with a separate salad – small @ £4.00

~ Chicken shish kebab – marinated pieces of succulent chicken breast, cooked over log-burning charcoal and served in homemade bread with a separate salad – small @ £4.30

~ Halep donner kebab – donner on a bed of pide (flatbread) topped with a rich tomato, pepper + onion sauce, with a separate salad @ £6.00

~ Aubergine dip – @ £2.50


Aside from the aubergine dip (which was way too sloppy and tasted only of garlic) this was a very pleasing meal. K had ordered the donner as a surprise – he thought I’d turn my nose up (at what we usually refer to as donkey meat, as it’s often done badly in many kebab shops so is usually unappealing) but these finely sliced pieces of spit-roasted donner lamb were crispy on the outside with good spicy flavours to complement. Divine.

FS2 prepare their kebabs thoughtfully. Each kebab comes with a separately packaged tray of salad, containing shredded red and green cabbage, sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumber, etc. So if there’s anything you don’t like, or don’t want to put into your kebab bread, it’s your choice – you don’t have to. Sauces are separate too for that reason.

One of the (many) great things about Just Eat is that when you’re ordering online, you can not only see which restaurants/take-aways deliver to your postcode but which ones are open and able to prepare an order right at that time.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Turkish, kebabs
~ Address: 133 Brockley Rise, London
~ Postcode: SE23 1NJ
~ Tel: 020 8291 0130
~ Nearest stations: Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Catford
~ Just Eat: FS2 menu on Just Eat
~ FS2 website + menus: FS2 website + menu
~ FS2 photos on flickr
~ Location: FS2 map


RELATED LINKS
Nearby dining – Catford SE area:
~ Catford Bridge Tavern
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ Mekan
~ Sapporo Ichiban