As maybe the only Australian on this board, I feel it is my duty to report on it! It was mentioned in the Restaurant Closings thread, as it has taken the place of a previous restaurant.
So, what is an Australian Pie and how do these compare to what you get in Australia?
In Australia, when we talk about pie, the default definition is a meat pie, normally a handheld size pastry shell filled with chunks of steak (or indistinguishable pieces of "meat") in a thick, savoury gravy. Topped with flaky puff pastry, you eat it with tomato sauce (ketchup) and it goes down a treat when you are sitting out watching a footy game or when you're on the run and want to pick up a quick snack. It's common companion is the sausage roll, sometimes seen in the freezer section in supermarkets here, it is a long tube of either pork or beef mince, heavily seasoned, sometimes with the addition of onion and carrot, that is wrapped in puff pastry and again served with tomato sauce. I can almost guarantee every person in Australia has eaten a pie or sausage roll at some time in their life!
In Australia, there is a range in quality and price in pies that you find either at the corner deli (the depanneur) or in gourmet bakeries. The pies that the owners of Australian Pie are serving are definitely "gourmet" versions of Aussie pies and they are absolutely fantastic! A large number of fillings, from the traditional steak, to steak and cheese, to breakfast pies with bacon and egg, to the fusion pies, butter chicken, lamb rogan josh. On my visit last weekend we tried the steak and cheese and the rogan josh pies, both were excellent. Good quality ingredients, very flavourfull. Really delicious pastry (I don't want to think about the butter.....) Bottles of tomato sauce on the table so you can be as liberal as you like. The sausage rolls were also really good though my dining partner (a Quebecois) did not like them nearly as much as he liked the pies. Pies are $4 each, sausage rolls are $3 each. Large family size pies are available to take away although I think you may have to order these at this stage, they are $15 each.
They also stock Vegemite and Tim Tams and have tea, coffee and hot chocolate, so if you want to practice your Tim Tam slam, go right ahead! Their Facebook page was updated to say that they have made their first batch of lamingtons, a piece of white sponge cake rolled in a thin chocolate icing and then rolled in shredded coconut - an Australian bakery classic and I can't wait to try their version!
The couple who run the place - an Australian guy and Quebecois woman - are lovely, very friendly and enthusiastic, and I really hope, for their sake and for mine, that Montrealers embrace the pie and their business will be a success.
10am - 8pm Wed-Sun