A couple of weekends ago we headed up to our friends place at Gooseberry Hills for drinks & pizza. burger boy had heard that the food from Embers, a local Italian restaurant was pretty good so we had been looking forward to it all week!
All the build up and anticipation was all worth it – I was very impressed with the quality and quantity of food we had for just $50 (the four of us are big eaters too)!
What I loved the most from Embers was the Chilli Mussels ($20) and that you can pick on a scale how chilli you wanted them. This was particularly appealing to me because I can’t handle my chilli very well, despite being Asian – even burger boy can do better than me and he is Italian! Our friends normally order a chilli level of 7 or 8 but for me we went for the 6 and it wasn’t chilli at all 🙂
The mussels were a decent size, juicy and the sauce tasted amazing…nice chunks and plenty of it, just the way I like it. The mussels came with a buttered foccacia styled bread which was very tasty and great to dip in the sauce…I had a few pieces without dipping too, great alternative to garlic bread.
We also ordered 2 large pizzas (it was two for $30 – what a bargain)!
The Carnivore pizza had chicken, ham, beef, cacciatore sausage, BBQ sauce. It had plenty of good quality toppings and sauce was nice but not too intense – although our friend was dipping his slices of pizza in Masterfood’s smokey BBQ sauce! This was my favourite pizza – being the picky eater I am, it was nice not needing to ask for certain toppings to be excluded from the pizza.
The Foghorn Leghorn pizza (interesting pizza name…) with chicken, red onion, roasted capsicum, fresh basil and BBQ sauce was also nice. I mainly filled up on The Carnivore though as I don’t like onion on pizza unless it is cooked really well or caramelised and I was lazy to pick them off that night…
It was a great night in with my favourite cider, champagne and great company! If we lived anywhere near the Hills, we’d be getting take-away from Embers all the time.
Embers deliver within the local area, I believe within 5 – 7kms of their restaurant. They also have a restaurant dine-in area but from the other food reviews I’ve read – the dining experience appears to be not as good as our take-away experience so I’ll leave it to you to decide whether you want to try dining in but I’d def recommend the take-away option.