Product Review: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizzas

What is it: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizza

How much is it: $8.95 each

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas

Contact:  Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I got to try out the new Peri Peri Range, retailing for $8.95 each.

A delivery of three pizzas, a garlic bread, cold Coke and a lover’s lava cake arrived at our door and we were soon stuck into the pizzas!

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In the boxes were the Chicken Peri Peri, Beef Peri Peri and Prawn Peri Peri pizzas.

First off, the prawn.

It was bursting with freshness from the fresh, just cooked prawns to the juicy cherry tomatoes and green spinach. Delicious flavours and generous amount of prawns and vegetables.

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Next was the beef.

The beef pizza was a little dry. The sauce helped a little but I could do with more sauce due to the dryness of the beef. Not much vegetables on this one- definitely for the guys and kids!

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Finally, the chicken.

Soft chicken breast,  fresh vegetables and lots and lots of melted cheese.

A beautiful looking pizza and a very nice tasting one too. I really enjoyed the crispy crust and creamy cheesy centre.

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Rating

I give the prawn an 8/10, the chicken a 6/10 and the beef a 6/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Peri Peri pizzas courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

Product Review: Domino’s Wagyu Duet Pizzas

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!

Appearance

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!

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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.

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Flavour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Price

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. 

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Summary

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.

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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?

Rating

I give it a 6.5/10.

TCFB reviewed the Wagyu Duet courtesy of Domino’s Australia.  All opinions are however, our own.

GIVEAWAY & Product Review: Domino’s Chef’s Best

To celebrate the release of Domino’s Chef’s Best Range, Domino’s has given The Casual Food Blogger 2 x 1 free Chef’s Best pizza vouchers to give away.

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GIVEAWAY!

and leave a comment below, telling us in 25 words or less:
which Chef’s Best pizza you want to try and why.
Terms and Conditions:

1. This competition is only open to New South Wales residents aged 16 years or over.

2. One entry per person allowed.

3. To enter, simply comment below, in 25 words or less, “which Chef’s Best pizza you want to try and why.”

4. The competition opens on 02/06/13 at 12.00 (midday) AEST and ends 15/06/13 at 12:00 (midday) AEST.

5. The prize consists of 2 prizes containing 1 Chef’s Best pizza voucher.

6. The winner will be decided based on the best comment as judged by The Casual Food Blogger.

7. Please include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win.

8. Winners will be notified by email by 18/06/12. If we are unable to contact you or do not hear back from you within 5 days from the date of the email we will choose another winner.

10. This competition is hosted by The Casual Food Blogger at http://www.thecasualfoodblogger.wordpress.com.

11. Please note, delivery is not included in the prize.

Good luck!

Product Review: Domino’s Chef’s Best Range

Name of Product: Domino’s Chef’s Best Range 

Available at: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/chefs-best

Contact: Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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About the Chef’s Best Range

I was very excited to be contacted by Domino’s to try their new Chef’s Best Range.

The concept behind the Chef’s Best Range is “more for less“. The range aims to give customers more toppings and more variety of ingredients than the typical fast food pizza. This means more gourmet ingredients (including duck, pork belly, camembert and lamb), and better value for money than gourmet pizza restaurants which although generally healthier and more varied than fast food pizza, are much more expensive!

Two Chef’s Best pizzas were delivered to my door one weeknight. I was excited to try them as I (along with about 99% of the world) love gourmet pizzas and this delivery meant we didn’t have to cook dinner that night!

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Flavours

The Chef’s Best Range includes 9 great flavours:

  • Grand Supreme
  • Cheesy Bacon Hawaiian
  • Loaded Meatlovers
  • Deli Vege and Camembert
  • BBQ Duck and Blue Cheese
  • Chicken and Camembert
  • Shiraz Lamb and Tomato
  • Chicken and Cranberry
  • BBQ Pork and Hollandaise

I chose to try the Chicken and Camembert and the Shiraz Lamb and Tomato.

Chicken & Camembert

I decided to try the Chicken and Camembert pizza. When I opened the box I was excited to see that the pizza was covered with lots of delicious toppings. There was plenty of bacon, white camembert cheese, chicken pieces, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, spanish onion and mozzarella cheese with hollandaise sauce.

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I was pretty impressed with this pizza. The chicken was well cooked, there was plenty of bacon and camembert (which was lovely and gooey), the bacon was crispy, the tomatoes juicy and slightly tart, and the pizza base the delicious Domino’s thick base. The spinach wasn’t too wilted, it was perfectly cooked, and the sauce added extra flavour.

I really enjoyed this pizza and would definitely order it again- delicious! This is a real competitor to some of the gourmet pizzas I have tried before!

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Shiraz Lamb and Tomato

The Shiraz Lamb pizza had braised shiraz lamb shank, capsicum, spanish onion, mushroom, tomatoes and mozzarella. It was topped with a mint yoghurt sauce (sort of like the kind that comes with samosas!).

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This pizza didn’t have enough lamb in my opinion, and the lamb was more like mince and was a little overcooked and dry. However, the combination of lamb with spanish onion, mozzarella and the mint yoghurt sauce was delicious.

The sauce lifted the pizza, adding an exciting fresh flavour to it and reducing the effect of the dry lamb. Overall, it was an OK pizza but not one I would order again and again. I would probably try one of the other flavours instead.

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Summary

The photo below shows the size of the pizza compared to a $5 note.

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Overall, we definitely enjoyed the pizzas. They were delivered hot and freshly cooked, they were tasty and flavoursome, and we loved the new and exciting flavours as an alternative to the traditional pizza flavours (meatlovers, supreme, hawaiian etc..)

The pizzas are a pretty decent size too, and starting at only $8, you can get about three for the price of one gourmet pizza!

Domino’s has done a pretty awesome job with their new range and this is definitely a more price-conscious alternative to gourmet pizzas and an easy dinner option!

Rating

I give it an 8.5/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Chef’s Best Range courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice.