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Tinderbox Kitchen

Tinderbox Kitchen

| On 30, Aug 2014

Pizza is my favourite food in the world. I could literally eat it all day, every day and die a happy woman. I would probably die young and be the size of a beach ball but I would still be happy.

So when my two closest friends are gluten-free it can make my ability to enjoy pizza often quite difficult to actually accomplish.

I have usually associated gluten-free pizza dough as an insult to humanity. Pizza dough to me means flour. Slapping the dough down onto a flour lined bench top, kneading the dough into that flour and making it the perfect, light consistency. It all makes too much sense.

I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

IMG_1353So when my friends decide on pizza for a Saturday night dinner I am understandably hesitant. Will this tapioca or buckwheat dough ruin pizza for me? Will it be a dinner wasted?

Luckily, at Tinderbox, my dinner was not wasted on gluten-free pizza.

Their gluten-free dough is almost better than the pizza dough found at other restaurants. It’s salty with a crispy crust and soft centre.

With this surprisingly good dough, we ordered three different toppings.

My favourite was the funghi- a mix of mozzarella, mushrooms, provolone and smoked porcini salt. These mushrooms were seriously plump and juicy. The earthiness of the porcini salt balanced out the rich cheese. With each mouthful encompassing these moreish flavours, it’s no surprise this pizza is a staple on the Tinderbox menu.IMG_1356

Another staple of the menu is the Tinderbox itself. This pizza has Mooloolaba prawns, chilli, zucchini, fior di latter, basil and cherry tomato. The butterflied prawns were even plumper than the mushrooms and had been gently cooked to perfection, remaining soft and supple. The base of chopped zucchini and chilli lightened the pizza with the cherry tomato adding a fresh pop of juice.IMG_1360

Our final pizza was the Affumicato. This pizza had a spicy tomato base topped with pepperonata, artichoke, pancetta, scamorza and smoked tomatoes. The saltiness of the pancetta was balanced by the fleshy strips of roasted pepper and artichoke with the smoky flavours of scamorza (similar to mozzarella) and tomato adding a point of difference to the pizza.IMG_1362

And of course, an Italian meal is not complete without arancini. As these were made from ham hock and almond they were also gluten-free! I was unintentionally healthy all night. IMG_1349

Tinderbox is dedicated to sourcing local produce and products. This is evident through their pizza toppings but also through their drinks menu. All the beers are brewed in South East Queensland. Whilst the wine menu does include wines from around Australia, there is always a ‘Local Hero’ spot reserved for a Queensland vineyard.

Review Overview



Despite being averse to gluten-free pizza, Tinderbox's dough was surprisingly delicious with fresh, tasty toppings to boot.