Serving up a slice of New York in the Cambodian capital, Brooklyn Pizza + Bistro specialises in a range of American-style dishes. Writer Jessica Tana and photographer Lucas Veuve put the menu to the test.
Brooklyn is synonymous with creative bars, colourful graffiti and pockets of some of New York’s finest cuisine.
Bringing this scene to Cambodia, Brooklyn Pizza + Bistro in Toul Tom Poung serves up heavily-topped pizzas, towering burgers, American-sized sandwiches, pasta, salads and drinks, all under a painted street scene of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Importing all beef and stocking a large range of items, Brooklyn Pizza + Bistro also serves some of the largest portions in town.
An extra large pizza is 16-inches and a hefty feat for a family to get through, while the large is 12-inches and well-sized for a couple.
Starting with The Godfather pizza ($16.95 for XL) a combination of home-made peppery sausage, made from imported Australian mince and fennel seeds, sliced meatballs, olives, bell peppers, mozzarella and parmesan on a tomato base, sprinkled with chilli flakes.
This pizza is the star of any meal – varied, comforting and delicious.
Moving on to Brooklyn’s signature Hawaiian pizza ($14.95 for XL) made with a layer of ham, pineapples bursting with sweetness, jalapenos and a good, generous covering of gooey mozzarella.
Rich and decadent, the jalapenos give it a spicy oomph that offsets the sweetness.
Giving Brooklyn a dose of Aussie flavour, the Aussie Royale burger ($7.95) is another sweet versus savory affair on the menu.
A slice of beetroot and a slice of grilled pineapple sit atop the mince beef patty, already laden with a fried egg, cheddar, pickles and bacon. The effect is a mouth-watering mix of different, yet harmonising flavours.
There is no such thing as an Americana restaurant without barbecue pork ribs ($12.95) on the menu.
Topped with a sweet – and, of course, secret – barbecue sauce, the ribs are served in a stack with a helping of garlic and parmesan mashed potato. The pork is tangy and sweet with a smoky flavour that makes you want to suck the bones dry.
With an array of pastas, salads and wings on the menu, Brooklyn also has an extensive drinks list.
The white wine spritzer ($5), made with Fritz’s Riesling, fresh passionfruit, lime and soda and served in a wine glass the size of a goblet, was flavourful and quenching.
There is also a Belgium beer list for the craft beer connoisseurs.
Whilst Brooklyn Pizza + Bistro has much of the United States covered, future plans include opening a Mexcian restaurant next door and extending the already lengthy pizza menu, as well as adding some creative Khmer, Japanese and Korean dishes.
From the quality and size of the food already served at this restaurant, this is an exciting prospect and one that will keep customers coming back well into the future.