Red Door Bakery fans and pizza enthusiasts will definitely be a happy lot with the suburban eatery, the Croydon Social making its mark in our dining scenery. It’s a new… or not so new now, venture from the Red Door Bakery husband and wife team, taking over what used to be Let Them Eat on the popular Elizabeth Street in Croydon amongst the other gems that can be found there as well as the very first Red Door Bakery, where it all started.
Like all the other spots along Elizabeth Street, the restaurant is casually simple, understated and just really homely with crisp white walls, some artwork on one wall, clipboard menus on the other spelling out ‘SOCIAL, and a touch of warmth with wood panelling details on the bar towards the back of the room and wooden light fixtures. All the little touches at Croydon Social is super homely and pared back; the crockery, furniture, and even their glassware; wine is served in tumbler glasses and you get your fair share of wine by the glass too! A very generous pour. 😉
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And the best thing? They’re open during the evenings!
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The menu is short and simple with a small selection of small plates, pizzas, baked gnochhi options (two during our visit), salads and some desserts. We bypassed the small plates and ordered a pizza and baked gnocchi to start, hoping that our stomachs would somehow expand by the end of our meal so we could order another pizza… haha! Hungry eyes. To wash down our carb loaded dinner, we opted for a glass of wine each to warm them bellies up. The Croydon Social also boasts an impressive craft beer selection, a perfect option for the warmer months ahead. Hurry up summer! Pizza and beer… yes!
Margarita pizza, fresh basil; $19.00
The pizza dough is made over 2 days, so it’ll leave you feeling full, not bloated. We stuck with the basics and opted for the margarita (my favourite) with mozzarella cheese, a tomato base and fresh basil. Delicious!!! A thin base with crisp edges and a slightly soft and soggier centre. Gooey cheesiness, a light and flavourful tomato sauce and fresh aromatic basil leaves. Winning!
Toppings are utterly simple, minimal and traditional, all done extremely well. Other popular choices is the potato and cheese; and the sopressa with anchovy, broccolini and chilli–yum!
Baked mushroom ragu with taleggio gnocchi; $19.00
Fluffy nuggets of soft cloud like potato pillows topped with stringy melted taleggio cheese and sweet earthy mushrooms. Two words: gnocchi heaven.
We did consider ordering another pizza… well… because #fatlife. But we resisted. Instead, we’ll have to come back to try more.
The Croydon Social doesn’t take bookings, but head there early and you should be in luck. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, perfect during the summer months. Staff were incredibly friendly, accomodating and relaxed, just the kind of vibe the team at the Croydon Social are striving for. Drop by during the weekends for breakfast options. All in all, the battle through the traffic and on going road works around the area is well worth the effort.
16 Elizabeth Street
Croydon SA 5008
P 08 8340 8155