What is it: Two Domino’s Wagyu Pizzas
How much is it: $50 for two pizzas
Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas/P229TX
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What is it?
Following on from the Chef’s Best range, Domino’s has launched a new class of pizza.
The pizzas feature 6+ marble score wagyu, truffle hollandaise sauce and creamy camembert cheese.
Domino’s CEO, Don Meij, is challenging diners to find the same quality Wagyu, for the same price at any fine dining restaurant in Australia.
Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to try this new concept.
An interesting and unusual shaped box was delivered to my door one weeknight.
Wicko and MC were also at home that day, a strange happening during this busy Christmas period, which I can only put down to coincidence….or perhaps the fact that they knew I was getting a very interesting delivery!
Just looking at the box, you could straight away tell that this was no ordinary pizza.
The box featured a black print with gold and silver writing. It was quite an elegant looking thing, for a pizza box!
However it wasn’t so much the box we were interested in, as what was inside the box.
We opened it up to find two rectangular pizzas, about the length of a 30 cm ruler.
One was the Wagyu 3 Ways and the other was the Wagyu Truffle Hollandaise.
Each was different in colour and appearance, with the Wagyu 3 Ways being quite dark and covered in fresh herbs and a tomato sauce, and the Wagyu Hollandaise being light, and containing bright red tomatoes and just a few pieces of meat.
It is clear that with the Wagyu Duet, Domino’s wanted to create the type of pizza you savour and enjoy, not the type you scoff down or order when you can’t be bothered making any dinner.
The Wagyu 3 Ways contains three types of wagyu (of course), wagyu rib fillet, bresaola (an air-dried salted beef), and wagyu sausage.
I enjoyed this meaty pizza with its hearty beef and bacon and sweet onion. MC commented however, that it was like a Meat Lover’s pizza with bits of wagyu thrown on top, and Wicko agreed.
I would have preferred it if the meat was larger and thinner, rather than having fewer, chunkier pieces, but I did enjoy it as it had a lot of meat, including bacon and and mince beef.
I also thought it had quite a rustic look and I enjoyed the appearance of the fresh herbs on the red and brown pizza.
I savoured the sweet red onion and the delicious bresaola, which I thought added tons of flavour to what would otherwise be quite a bland pizza, taking it from fast food to gourmet.
Overall, a pretty good pizza and quite tasty, worth close to its price of $25.
The truffle hollandaise wagyu was not my cup of tea.
For me, hollandaise should be reserved for eggs and not much else. I do not favour creamy sauces on my meats, and much prefer something sweet, spicy, tangy or savoury.
While I enjoyed the delicious and fresh cherry tomatoes, and the little bits of camembert cheese, I didn’t think there was quite enough wagyu on this wagyu pizza.
I would also have liked to see a thinner base for this pizza and a bit more green on it, such as some herbs or perhaps broccoli.
It is not often that pizzas in general cost more than $25, particularly in fast food chains.
With the new Wagyu Duet pizza, Domino’s has, for the first time for a fast food chain, ventured into higher price range, with the two Wagyu Duet pizzas costing $50 in total.
While it is quite expensive for a pizza from a fast food store, a pizza at another gourmet store would cost about $20-25 anyway, so truffle, thick crust, hollandaise or wagyu lovers may choose to go for the Domino’s option instead.
Domino’s did quite a good job with the pizzas, adding plenty of fresh and high quality ingredients and investing a lot in packaging.
However I still don’t think they were up to the standard of Crust or Criniti’s, for example, where you could get a pizza for a similar price.
The flavours of both pizzas were quite nice and the presentation is very elegant and unusual for a fast food chain, but I think the pizzas are a little overpriced.
What do you think, would you try the Domino’s Wagyu Duet? Would you pay $50 for it? What do you think would be a reasonable price for it?
I give it a 6.5/10.
TCFB reviewed the Wagyu Duet courtesy of Domino’s Australia. All opinions are however, our own.