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November 20, 2009

Papa John’s Pizza @ Berjaya Times Square

Pizza is many things to many people. But there is one thing it is often NOT — healthy. Imagine thick, doughy crusts and greasy cheese with processed meat like pepperoni, sausage and ham. As much as I enjoy Italian thin crust pizzas, I love eating American pizzas, and so does rif (probably more than I do) — despite the alarming amount of calories they come with. With the tagline “better ingredients, better pizzas”, we tried Papa John Pizza, with some anticipation. I said ‘some’ because I didn’t want to be terribly disappointed. A set meal for 2 (RM26.90) comes with 2 glasses of coke, breadsticks and a 9-inch pizza.I found the breadsticks a bit dense and chewy; I like them lighter. I hope they didn’t microwave the breadsticks before serving, as that tends to make the bread rubbery. The pizza sauce was alright– it was a bit bland for my liking. However, I thought the special garlic dipping sauce was interesting. Despite being slightly diluted than I like them to be, the garlicky sauce paired well with the breadsticks. I asked for two more helpings to dip my pizza crust in. The pepperonici peppers tasted like a tangy version of our pickled green chillies. I didn’t care much for them, as they didn’t really have much kick. Topped with mozzarella cheese, beef pepperoni, Italian beef sausage, chicken rolls, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives, the Super Papa’s pizza was quite good. Not fantastic, but it tasted better than Pizza Hut, Dominos and the bland blob of bread Canadian Pizza calls ‘pizza’. The thick crust was soft and chewy, and crisply done on the outside. I enjoyed the crust more than I did for the toppings; they tasted delicious with the garlic sauce.Being greedy, we ordered another 9-inch Hawaiian Papa (RM21.90). I didn’t like this as much as I liked the Super Papa’s. It tasted very ordinary – we should have gone for the Mexican Ole of Texas Heat instead.

Service was disjointed. The staff didn’t know how to handle the crowd, and mind you, we were there at 3.30pm. I cannot imagine how they would fare during peak hours. In general, the pizzas were quite decent, but not good enough for me to brave the traffic jam and increase my blood pressure JUST for that.

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10

Food: 6/10 (halal)

Verdict: Pretty good pizzas and decent prices. I wouldn’t mind going there again if I’m within the area.

Ground Floor
Lot G 07-08

Berjaya Times Square

03 2141 7272

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13 Responses

  1. worldwindows

    Looks like the crowd has gone up. I kind of like the the pizzas, dippings, jalapeno…. The breadstick was dense which I like and explains why I like Dunkin Donuts. But it was not chewy!

  2. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    the pizzas will give u the blood pressure or the service will? haha

  3. SimpleGirl

    agree with U, last visit to the outlet at Berjaya Time Square, also find that the services sucks!!!

  4. foodbin

    The Canadian pizza are the worst of all pizzas.

  5. info

    I agree that the service is not that good

  6. vialentino

    i tried my first papa john's pizza at ioi mall…not bad….as u mention…i like their garlic cream sauce…jeng ler….

  7. thenomadGourmand

    Papa John's the only fast food pizza I will eat! PH n Dominoes?? Eiks!

    Got this Roma Pizza at Ave K that I wan to try soon… ;p

  8. J2Kfm

    the butter garlic sauce is a deadly dip for the bread sticks, the pizza, and everything else.
    i went there twice, but surprisingly, the service was ok. on both occasions.

  9. Julian Si

    Not so good, eh :-(

    I had a better experience having Papa Johns in Shanghai but that was a takeaway…

    Cheerio :-)

  10. taufulou

    ahh, so your review is quite good ha, a few friends tried out that restaurant and told me can just forget about it~…hehe~

  11. UnkaLeong

    No wonder she was going, "I want Pizza! I want Pizza!" over the weekend. Hehehe

  12. Wei Jien

    yes i do love AMERICAN food and what ever that is converted to be american-ISED. what there not to like, cheese… good, mushroom… good, pepperoni… good.
    its like malaysia, put more lard, more duck egg, more coconut milk… good!!!

  13. Bangsar-bAbE

    Wei Jien – You say good la. When you get fat, that will be another story altogether. LOL =P

    Unka – Whooppsss!!!

    taufulou – It's better than the usual pizza chains in my opinion. Not bad, but not great either.

    Julian – I guess it's a matter of choosing the right pizza. The second pizza we had was so boring!

    J2Kfm – Hahaha…yes, that garlic dip is BAD for the waist!!

    nomad – Sweetheart, you haven't even finish HALF of your food list la…

    vialentino – Yeah, that dip was shiok!

    info – Yes, they really need to buck up.

    foodbin – INDEED!

    SimpleGirl – Haih…dunno why they can't train the staff properly.

    Joe – Both! LOL

    worldwindows – I don't mind it dense…it's the rubbery part I cannot stand.

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