Pies & Coffee is a relatively new kid on the block that’s had a big growth spurt expanding to 4 outlets since its birth in 2011. It was one of the shortlisted finalists for the Epicurean Star Awards 2015 and so we headed down to see what all the fuss was about. It’s a generally casual place to get your coffee and a quick meal of their signature pies, sandwiches, and all-day breakfasts. It was Sunday morning and with 4-5 other tables taken up, we made our orders at the cashier and paid for our meal before taking our seats.
I must say, although the bread bowl was pretty alright with a golden crust with a soft white belly, the soup pretty much tasted like canned soup stock. For $10.90, I definitely expect a little more.
But on to the salad. This one is the Classic Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken ($12.90).
While I was pretty satisfied with the generous serving of grilled chicken, it was mostly quite dry. But the caesar dressing being salty, made up for the lack of flavour in the meat and it went down a little easier.
Before we went for the main event of their famous pies, we decided to try out their All-Day Mighty Brekkie ($16.95). Can’t go wrong with a simple big breakfast right? Wrong.
This was quite possibly the most disappointing breakfast plate I’ve had in years. The bacon tasted completely synthetic (both in texture and flavour), the sausages were really chicken franks, and the scrambled eggs too dry and slightly overcooked. Only the salad and baked beans pulled through with the slightly hardened waffles. Which is sad considering it’s supposed to be the biggest, baddest breakfast offering on their menu.
The Sunriser ($12.90) was slightly better. But not by much. This was an overcooked egg atop some potato hash in a tart shell. At the very least, it was passable.
By then, we were kind of praying the main dish would save the day. And thankfully, it did. (Whew!) This Beef Cheek Pie ($11.90) served with mash and salad was delicious. The crust was a wonderful golden brown that melted in the mouth with a slight buttery finish and the filling was tender, full of flavour and the whole thing came together quite nicely.
We took their Beef Rendang Pie ($11.20) away for tea and that turned out pretty well too.
All in all, I’d say, stick to their pies and pretty much nothing else. I’m not one to complain too much about food (generally, I’m thankful just to have food on the table) but putting my judge’s hat on, this one didn’t quite make the cut.
Pies & Coffee (Robertson Walk)