Monday, April 12, 2010

Metro 1 - Ashfield

I remember first visiting Metro 1 about 10 years ago. Back then, I used to pronounce pide as "PIED". Kinda like Tied. That is until my Turkish evil twin corrected me and ever since then I've correctly called it "Pid-eh".

I distinctly remember bringing my friends here the very first time. One of my friends was having car trouble, and decided to pull over the side of the road to check it out. For some reason, he decided to check his radiator by removing the cap. Because he had been driving for 45mins already, the heat built up in the engine cause the cap to explode upwards, ricochet off the hood of the car and fall into the engine. It was 8pm by the time we arrived to help. The only street light was behind the hood of the car, meaning we couldn't see jack. We stood in the freezing cold for over an hour, waiting for NRMA to show up with a torch to help us locate the cap.

By the time we put the car back together, it was past 9pm. All our dinner plans went out the door. I mentioned that there was a pizza type shop near my place that should still be open. We arrive and most of my friends just let their jaws hang. They were expecting a cosy little italian restaurant. But what they saw was a cold, tiled Kebab shop with minimal seats and decorations. They were all too hungry to yell/argue with me, so we moved the tables around until it can fit our group.

With the help of the owner, we ordered a selection of Pides, all made to order. Ever since that night, I've been absolutely hooked to their pide. Maybe its the first real Pide I've ever tried, but I reckon its one of the best in Sydney.

Fast forward to today, I am still going to Metro 1 so I can get a pide fix. I've also discovered that they do a pretty mean pizza! Its not the thin Italian wood fired variety, but it doesn't mean its any less satisfying.

Chicken and Mushroom Pide

My usual order is a Chicken Pide with mushroom. Its not on the menu, but the owners are more than happy to accommodate my request. The thin, crispy yet chewy pide crust is stuffed with thick chunky chicken kebab meat. It is also scattered with diced onions, tomatos and mushrooms. A light squeeze of lemon is all it needs to put a huge grin on my face.

I've tried most of the pide on their menu. Most of the time I keep going back to my Chicken and Mushroom Pide. But every now and then, I'll venture for something a bit different.

Sucuk Pide

Sucuk or sujuck is a spicy cured turkish sausage. When I was in Turkey, they would serve sucuk sliced up for breakfast or even just between bread for a quick snack. I haven't really had to cooked in a pide before, and I must admit, I love it hot and crispy. Its not something I'll order all the time, not because its not good, but more because I love the chicken and mushroom version too much! haha

Metro 1 also does an awesome pizza. They use the same dough for their pizza and their pide, which amazes me every time because the texture comes out so differently!

Supreme pizza

Their pizzas are thicker and chewier than the Italian wood fired version, but when you're getting a supreme pizza, you need a thicker base to support all the toppings! And Metro 1 are quite generous with their toppings!

Garlic pizza/bread

I've also recently discovered their mini garlic pizza bread thing and its AWESOME. Crispy yet chewy base, topped with mass amounts of garlic, cheese and parsley. Definitely not something to eat on a date, but you wouldn't really go to Metro 1 for a date anyway! So its not really a problem! hehe I wouldn't eat more than 1/2 of a garlic pizza in one go, as it does get very rich after 2 slices. A must order for any garlic lover! Oh, they also do delivery! Booyah!

Metro 1
309 Liverpool Rd
Ashfield NSW 2131
Ph: 02 9797 1034

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SK said...

I would have devoured the first mushroom pide.

SoRMuiJAi said...

I haven't ordered it in awhile, but their potato pide is also awesome. I just need to get out of the habit of ordering my usual, but its too tasty to pass up!