Nearly two years ago, I ate at this place when it was called “800 Degrees”. Due to legal issues with the naming, the business was renamed to 30 Degrees South. The offerings haven’t changed with a selection of burgers, pizzas and pastas on offer.
For dinner, I ordered a regular Traditional Pizza with The Lot. While we were waiting, one of the customers had also ordered a regular sized pizza. Their regular pizza was burnt around the edges after being taken out of the wood oven, and to my surprise, the Cook just cut off the crust and served the customers the pizza. We didn’t think too much of it at the time but it was a good 30 minute wait before our meals were prepared. Everything was prepared sequentially and there was no real urgency with getting the meals out on time. When my regular pizza was cooked, the crust was also burnt around the edges. The Cook once again cut off the burnt bits and shoved it back into the wood oven.
When the pizza arrived at my table, it looked rather odd without the crust. The base was crunchy and its thickness was between a thin and a pan. With the exception of the processed ham, the toppings were fresh and generous. There was lots of mozzarella cheese holding all the ingredients together. It wasn’t the best pizza I’ve ever had.
My friend had the Jean-Claude Glory pasta which consists of cream, avocado, garlic and pesto topped with crispy pancetta. I had a taste of the dish and found the pasta to be slightly overcooked. The sauce was creamy but a little on the bland side. I also thought the avocado was conservatively applied.
For dessert, we had the 30 Degree Dessert Special which is Nutella rolled up in pizza dough, baked and then served with strawberries and cream. I’ve had this dessert before so I knew what to expect. It’s like a Jenga tower of pizza crust that is covered with Nutella. The crust was nice and crisp, and the Nutella generously applied. It is what it is and was very decadent and satisfying.
It wasn’t quite the same experience as my last visit. The service was very slow and there were issues with the execution of the mains. When you go down from 800 degrees to 30, you’re just not as hot anymore.
WHERE: 34 Henley Beach Rd, Mile End