Save your $ and go somewhere else, unless of course you have
Save your $ and go somewhere else, unless of course you have absolutely no pallet and like to be charged $20 for a pizza that's only a small step up from mall food court pizza!
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It's incredible what people will eat when a restaurant puts on enough airs that their food is worth the price tag with really nothing else to back up that claim. We ordered the Caprese Salad to start, thinking it sounded like a very fresh and light dish. About 8 minutes later, our waiter plopped down a platter that had a mere 6 basil leaves swimming in balsamic vinegar and oil and on top of that were 5 tomatoes and hunks of cheese! The salad that they passed this off as in their menu this was not and as for the presentation, I've seen better in school cafeterias. It didn't get better with the taste. The tomatoes were under-ripe, the basil bitter and the cheese was so covered with vinegar that the tastes were simply grotesque mingling in my mouth.
Only moments later, our pizza arrived and I seriously thought to ask the waiter, "What is this? I ordered a $20 pizza, not some Papa John's reject!" The crust was thin and cardboard-like, having no seasoning whatsoever and simply tasted like water and dough, not to mention it was burnt on the bottom. The cheese or should I say lack of it (for I could see the crust underneath and the pizza had spinach, cheese, tomatoes and sauce!) was runny and bitter in taste. There was not one good thing I could possibly say about this pizza!
And, as an added bonus to our disastrous dinner, the service was appalling, with the waiters taking more time to converse with each other than refill my drink or ask if everything was ok, and they were only mere feet away from our table! Then, we were herded out of the place as if they just couldn't allow us to occupy that table one more second.
All in all, the MOST horrible dining experience I've ever had while in Austin and I feel my duty to warn anyone else who might even THINK about dining at the Brick Oven Restaurant.