We were really looking forward to the new rendition of the old, yet short-lived favorite, Matchbox, and did we get what we went for, or what? Despite being a bit tricky to find, this new location is as central as they come, and as long as you’re not completely blind, you can’t miss the huge Angelo’s sign. That’s’ right folks, Angelo, formerly of the Hyatt and the Intercontinental, is back at it, and this time it’s on his own terms, so we trust that this place will be around a bit longer than its predecessor. We went there three times last month to make sure this review was more than accurate, or maybe it was because we just wanted something good to eat.
The first time we sat down in the masterfully lit, immaculate dining area, the place was simply packed, and although the service was a bit slow, it was also the first day of their soft open, so we let it slide. Besides, the food that came out was excellent. On top of this list of excellence was definitely their Philly Cheese Steak (58RMB). While not exactly the same as what comes out of the city of brotherly love, it was great in its own right. To my right was a guy who had his happy face on the entire time he was devouring his Beijing Duck Pizza (78RMB), and to my left there was a guy wearing a similarly goofy grin as he tore through a Margarita Pizza (58RMB). Both pizzas were gone before I even got a chance to ask for a bite, so although I can’t tell you exactly what they tasted like, the fact that they disappeared so quickly should be evidence enough. We shared a few bottles of Doctor Loosen Reisling (238RMB/bottle), which really did the trick.
The next time we went we focused on the pizzas once more (they’re good), but started our meal with the chili con carne appetizer, which comes with fried potato skins for dipping, which is ridiculous (read: yummilicious), and traded in the vino for some pints of draught beer (38RMB/pint). And the last time we went we tried the Pizza Bites (38RMB/3 pieces), the Jumbo Crab Cake Burger (68RMB), and the Cannelloni al Forno (78RMB). While there wasn’t much to the first, the burger patty was so jumbo that it fell over the sides of the bun, and the Cannelloni was so creamy, cheesy, and rich, I’d have to use profanity to describe it. With each subsequent visit, the wait staff just got better and better. On the whole, this little place that seats about 70 is destined to become a local favorite. Do yourself a favor, and check it out.