Taste Test

Who Does Sourdough Pizza Better? Dean & Deluca vs. Plank Sourdough Pizza

August 19, 2017

Sourdough and pizza—a thrilling combination. 2 foreign chains, Dean & Deluca and Plank Sourdough Pizza, boast to do it right, with house-fermented sourdough and a brick oven.

so we decided to put them to the test. Who does it better?

DEAN AND DELUCA

We visited their Rockwell branch for a taste of their pizza.

The upscale café from New York has a long and impressive menu, but as sourdough lovers, the pizza instantly grabbed our attention—with the prices grabbing our throats almost immediately after. The most expensive pizza is priced at a jawdropping PHP 980, and the most affordable ones at a still nail-biting PHP 780. We went with one of the more basic pies, the Margherita Mozza (“Marinara sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil”).

Photo taken by writer.

The eleven-incher was surprisingly heavy for a small pizza, which gives explanation to the prices. They placed perhaps twice the normal amount one might expect of buffalo mozzarella on the pie, so much so that you could not hold a slice up by its crust as the pie is unable to hold up the sheer weight of the cheese. Because of the heavy and generous toppings, we got full from only 3 slices when we normally could eat a whole 11″ pizza on an empty stomach to a single person. The quality of the ingredients were top notch and the crust at a lovely toast.

PLANK SOURDOUGH PIZZA

Plank Sourdough Pizza is a well-loved restaurant from Singapore, known for their tasty albeit rather pricey pies.

Plank Sourdough Pizza is less than a year old, opening in the S Maison Conrad in conjunction with their sister company, a bakery called Baker & Cook—the two are in fact connected and you would have to pass through the bakery in order to reach Plank. We were less than impressed with our visit to the pizzeria, with the staff seemingly confused by basic questions we had about the flavored olive oils that the placemats boasted (apparently not available in the Philippines, we found out several minutes later). The restaurant was still relatively new during our visit (5 months in) so we hope they have since improved their training.

In fairness, Plank has great lighting when you sit next to the windows.

We were even less impressed by the pizza, which is highly regarded in Singapore where the brand hails from. Though not as generous with the toppings—which we understand as their basic 12″ pie (“Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, caramelized garlic and basil”) is PHP 480—what confused us was a mushy and homogenous middle, the part that falls smack in between the bottom crust and the tomato sauce. Quite frankly, the dough tasted like it hadn’t been cooked through. We were perhaps cursed with a single bad experience, and it was extra disappointing for an acclaimed international chain.

THE VERDICT

Start pinching those pennies, because pizza-lovers can’t deny that Dean & Deluca have figured out a truly delicious café pizza.

Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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