The Place Restaurants which open in obscure locations must be dead serious and confident of their food, at least that is our opinion of Plank Sourdough Pizza, by the same team behind Baker & Cook. The brand by professional baker and award-winning pâtissier Dean Brettschneider debuted in Opera Estate, before opening in the estate of Namly Place less than two months ago. The space at the Namly Place outlet is not huge, but the nice natural lighting adds to the ambience, which is casual and slightly rustic with its wooden tables and metallic chairs. If you are into pizza making, you can also catch some of the action at the open concept kitchen.
The Food Plank Sourdough Pizza is known for its, well, sourdough-crust pizza, made with the same long fermentation process as Brettschneider’s artisan bakery and foodstore Baker & Cook. The technique of pizza making here uses a combination of flours slowly fermented with natural wild yeast for up to 48 hours at 8°C, before it is traditionally pressed out and baked at high heat between 380°C and 400°C to give the pizza its soft texture and crisp outer layer.
The menu features a wide range of toppings inspired by the unique flavours such as Number 4 with tomato, pulled BBQ chicken pizza, cranberry compote, camembert cheese and rocket; Number Three with tomato, prawns, smoked salmon and wild mushrooms, capers, rocket sour cream and dill; and Number 7, a vegetarian pizza with tomato, sautéed onions, portobello and oyster mushrooms with mirin, shaved parmesan and a touch of truffle oil.
We tried both the Number Three (S$24) and Number 7 (S$24), where the pizza texture is really very light, with its slightly crisp edges. The fresh ingredients used here does play a big part to the overall flavour, with a more than decent size for its price. My only gripe is that because the texture of the pizza is so light, it was difficult to have all the toppings at one go without some clumsy and messy moments where everything fell apart easily.
Dessert options include the Plank Affogato (S$9.50), an espresso shot with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and toasted almonds. It has been so long since I had affogato, which I was addicted to for a period of time. I like this version for its strong, instant perk-me-up tones, using one of my favourite All Press coffee beans.
Alternatively, you can order any of the pastries from the adjoining Baker & Cook. For beverages, in addition to a decent wine list, Plank’s beverage list features six New Zealand craft beers and organic sodas.
Rants The offbeat location is both a boon and bane. Namly Place is deep within the estate, and ain’t easily accessible without wheels.
Will I Return Again? We love such off the beaten track locations, giving us some much needed respite from the fast-paced life in the city. The good pizza options, and bakery selections next door, make Plank a very desirable dining option in the vicinity.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Plank Sourdough Pizza
64 Namly Place
Tel: +65 6466 2280
Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Friday to Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter