11th June 2015 – 6.15pm
I had an evening work event to attend but as I had a little bit of time and not wanting to miss out on the warm weather, I looked for somewhere to sit out for a bite to eat. I had been meaning to try Soderberg since it opened earlier this year. A venture that forms part of Peter’s Yard, Soderberg creates its own sourdough and uses it to make some delicious food. Their speciality for the evening service is pizza (which can be bought by the slice at lunch). Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly waiter who looked a bit like a young Leonardo Di Caprio. He said I could sit myself outside and he would bring me a menu. The outside seating is very relaxed and is in a nice little square hidden within the Quartermile complex. Whilst perusing the relatively short but still varied menu, I ordered an apple juice, which was solely pressed apples. It was absolutely delicious and perfectly refreshing. I was informed that one of the pizzas was not available that evening but an alternative of an asparagus and hollandaise pizza was available instead. I was tempted by how fresh that sounded so plumped for that, even though traditionally I would normally go for a tomato based pizza. If I had not been able to decide, there was also an option to have a set of mini pizzas with a variety of toppings, which might be fun for a couple to share.
I didn’t have to wait too long for the pizza and when it arrived I couldn’t wait to tuck in. Firstly, let’s talk about the base, which is where Soderberg’s speciality resides. I had never had a sourdough pizza before but I am sold. The base was thin, light and crispy and not doughy in the slightest. It worked very well as a base. The asparagus was full of flavour and was complimented by the zingy hollandaise, which was lightly drizzled onto the pizza rather than used as a base sauce. There were also melted pieces of mozzarella scattered across the pizza so the cheese element was not lost. Also, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the pizza was of a generous size. I only just managed to finish it and felt satisfyingly full afterwards.
This place was welcoming, the staff were friendly and helpful and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable that I was dining alone. I will be coming back again so I can work my way through the menu.
Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 34/40
Cost – £16 for a pizza and an apple juice