The O2 is now open with a whole host of bars and restaurants to suit any budget and Pizza Express is an OK choice if you don’t want to make an event of your meal.
This chain is good at morphing its style to fit the area and the same is true of the O2 restaurant; however, it’s just missed the mark on being new and trendy. The red plastic chairs add a hint of fast food – something akin to low-market McDonalds – and the shiny surfaces and plain decor are more cold than cool. However, the restaurant is undoubtedly clean so you’ll not find any unwanted extras in your meal, and the open kitchen is a nice touch – it’s always good to see exactly what the chefs are getting up to with your food! All in all, it’s not a bad venue, it just feels there’s a little something missing...
Unfortunately it’s going to take a while for the O2 to really make its mark and become the must-visit place to go. This means that the restaurant is hardly thriving and, while the emptiness is great for being served quickly, it isn’t so good if you want a buzzy atmosphere. Instead, the vibe is subdued and quiet.
The staff are the saving grace – friendly, cheerful and professional. Offering help on choices if needed and always upbeat and professional in their approach, they help to bring up the mood - it’s just not quite enough to shake off the gloom.
The food is the same in all of its chains – decent pizza and pasta at affordable prices. There’s a great range of toppings to choose from and all the pizzas are handmade so you can pick and choose what you want. For those watching the waistline but wanting a treat, the pizzas are thin-crust and you can pick healthy toppings like spinach, tuna and less cheese for a healthier option.
Drinks are pretty standard at this restaurant. There’s a decent enough, reasonably priced wine list and a nice selection of bottled beer and drinks for those not wanting alcohol.
The Last Word
With Pizza Express you know what you’re going to get – OK food at reasonable prices. However, the O2’s venue just misses out due to its flat atmosphere and poor decor. Nice enough if you want a pre-cinema cheap meal, but not great for a date or occasion.