When I think of pies, I don’t exactly think savory. The pies of my dreams have a buttery crust filled with a sugary fruit filling and served a la mode. Clearly, I’ve been missing out on the other side of pies – the hearty savory side. The kind you’ll find at Pie-Not – adjacent to another new favorite of mine – Sidecar Doughnuts. How fitting.
If you’re new, the experience can be daunting like it was for me. Several pies are featured in the showcase, the space is small but warm smiles will greet you and walk you through it all. The menu consists of a variety of pies with generous descriptions – enough to leave you hungry and friendly on your wallet. I was already a fan and hadn’t even taken my first bite yet.
If you’re looking at the size of the pies and thinking “how’s this going to fill me up?” Don’t fret. I had that same question too until I “cut” into my pie and noticed the rich hearty filling. I’m sure management would frown upon me for doing that since piehards are encouraged to eat with their hands but this lady had a hard time doing that.
Our pie eating adventure was quite a feat. We delved into the beef pies, the complex, and the veggies – all had their magic and all left us in a dazed food coma.
We started our lunch with the hearty beef pies. Think of these like a beef stew in a puff pastry or at least we did. The Drunken Cow is a lovely mixture of red wine and roasted garlic braised premium chunky beef and pearl onions. Mmm. As we cut into this beauty, it was steamy and piping hot. The puff pastry topping was chewy and we were in love instantly thinking this would be a great Winter pie or comfort food for the broken hearted.
Other favorite beef savories were the Bloomin’ Hot and the Dog’s Eye. The Bloomin’ hot is a mixture of ground tri-colored peppercorn braised premium chunky beef while the Dog’s Eye is a standard Aussie meat with finely diced onions. We drifted away from the beef to try the Rockin’ Chook. The description sounded interesting: chunky chicken breast with apricots, pine nuts, saffron, and fresh herbs. This pie is quite complex and goes great with the Bundaberg ginger beer that they serve here.
Aside from absolutely loving the meat pies, believe it or not, my favorites were the veggie pies. Crazy, eh? Not quite. I used to be a vegetarian for a long time and know a good veggie dish when I see one. The vege patch had me hooked with it’s medley of garden fresh vegetables with herbes de provence. I wish it had some cheese in it but honestly I didn’t miss it. I got my cheese fix from the Broc Top quiche – perhaps the creamiest quiche I’ve ever tasted with free range eggs, fresh broccoli, cauliflower tops, and a cheyenne goat cheese. Mmm.
No meal is complete without dessert – a rule I imply with all my meals and for that lovely Saturday afternoon, we savored delicate bites of The Lamington which is a traditional Aussie dessert consisting of a butter sponge cake cubed and rolled in chocolate icing and then dusted with desiccated coconut. The meal ended with what I like to call a “palate cleanser” and what Pie-Not calls “what a lemon” – a crushed tea biscuit slice with fresh lemon rind, desiccated coconut, and finished with squeezed lemon juice icing. Ahhh…
While we dined our little hearts out, chef Samantha Boxer was kind enough to invite us back into the kitchen for a little tour as she baked up a batch of free pies. Seeing her work behind the scenes made me hungry for another pie but I settled my craving with a delicious cup of their one of a kind Bun coffee – certified 100% organic and perhaps the smoothest coffee I’ve ever tasted with low acidity. The coffee gave me quite the kick I needed and has put Pie-Not as one of my top places to get coffee and of course, a delectable pie.
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