‘I tried the new London pizza place with unusual toppings including potato - one was a game-changer'

Doughnation has just opened in the heart of Covent Garden, and they are committed to bringing artisan-crafted pizzas with unique toppings. We were invited to visit the restaurant and try some of their quirkiest creations.

You can find them on the ground floor of 3 Henrietta Street or sit in their summer pop-up, Doughnation X Silent Pool Gin Garden Terrace, which overlooks the piazza. We opted for the summer terrace despite it being night, and enjoyed cosy heaters and blankets.

A notable aspect of Doughnation is that the cost of a slice from each pizza is donated to causes close to the brand’s heart. For now, they only offer a main menu and a drinks menu, but, as they expand this summer, they will introduce pizza brunches, happy hour, and a breakfast menu.

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Doughnation offers pizzas, sides and salads, and crust dippers
Doughnation offers pizzas, sides and salads, and crust dippers -Credit:MyLondon

This time, we tried three different pizzas. The first was their Potato Pizza, with sliced potato, Fontana cheese, and thyme salt. Its crispy texture and unique flavour combination, without the usual tomato sauce and melted cheese, left me on the fence with this one.

Next up was the 3 Prawn Deluxe, combining King prawns, tiger prawns, and English shrimps with a chilli kick. I am not a fan of the prawn and cheese combo, but this pizza worked surprisingly well! Although I would have preferred some more prawns.

Finally, my favourite is the Truffled Mushroom Ragout, with the brand’s signature truffle-based sauce, hazelnuts, mushrooms, and mozzarella. I have eaten a few truffle pizzas and I love every single one of them, but this stood out because of the hazelnuts - it was a game-changer!

The restaurant’s name, Doughnation, is well-chosen because the highlight for me was the pizza dough. It wasn’t the typical perfect Italian dough but something unique, using a stretched dough technique that now I’m a fan of.

We paired our pizzas with their special Crust Dippers. Usually, you can only get basic dipping sauces, but these were clearly artisanal: we tried the Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto dips, and they were both delicious.

Besides pizzas, Doughnation offers a variety of sides and salads, such as baked sweetcorn ribs, ripped burrata, and garlic bread, alongside Caesar or green salads. We went for the ripped burrata, with radish and spinach, and were thrilled with its incredibly creamy texture, making it a standout of the meal.

Overall, Doughnation offers a delightful twist on traditional pizzas with its unusual toppings and artisanal approach, though we're still undecided if some of them work perfectly. However, if you’re an adventurous eater, their inventive menu is sure to offer something memorable.

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