The latest member of the Queen St/Elizabeth St shopping and café precinct at Croydon, is bringing locals back to the laid-back strip after hours. Croydon Social is a pizza bar with a very 50s neighbourhood vibe, that is brought to us by the owners of Red Door Bakery; just two doors down (with CBD and King William Rd locations also). They’ve pounced on the idea to bring the popular day time spot some action in the evening.
After a visit on opening night, last Friday, when the place was jam-packed and we ended up ordering take-away, we figured that it only be right for us to return ready to soak up the lunchtime scene. The service on opening night was marvellous, with the usual wide-smiled greeting from the lady-owner, as experienced at Red Door. Today’s staff just as polite, and narrowed down to 2 as prime time is obviously in the evening.
The retro furniture and clean design give a homely feel. The menu offers great variety and is perfect for sharing; just like a family feast. Only having the wood-fire oven, sides like cauliflower or meatballs come out with that subtle smoky taste. There’s a share plate for $32, salads of which we ordered the (very large) cabbage, beans and apple cider. There’s baked gnocchi (beef or mushroom), and of course, pizza!
The pizza options are simple and traditional; no overloading with toppings, like margarita; potato and cheese; sopressa, anchovy and broccolini. The 2-day-prepped dough is soft, thin and has just the right amount of saltiness. You can sip on some wine or crack open a beer at any time too! Don’t mind if we do…
It’s sure to be a piece of the puzzle the west was missing, so whether you’re one of the usual hipster locals or someone who wants some good old-fashioned service, get down on to Croydon and give this new kid on the block a go!
We will definitely be heading back here again to dabble in their delish looking brekkie menu!
16/18 Elizabeth Street, Croydon
Wed-Fri [11am – 10pm]
Sat-Sun [8am – 10pm]
Photos by Isabelle Donohoe (unless otherwise stated).