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Aussie Pie Kitchen

paranoidgarliclover | Apr 18, 201507:24 PM

In the interest of full disclosure, the owner of the place is (barely) an acquaintance of mine from a group tennis class, which is the only reason I know this place exists. I say barely just b/c I don't interact w/ him often and haven't seen him in months. But I wouldn't know that this place even existed, if he hadn't mentioned it when I asked him what he was up to.

At any rate, I finally stopped by today. Good stuff. I was expecting it to taste... cheaper? I mean that the pies were made of higher quality ingredients than I was expecting. I had the chicken and terragon pie + tiger stack (apparently the term "stack" means adding elements to your pie) and my partner had the lamb pie (which prompted the man helping us to state that partner had made a very "Australian" choice).

The pies are surprisingly large, once they're plated. Pie crust works well for a savory dish; it's got lots of layers but isn't *quite* flakey. Held up relatively well to the filing. Plenty of very tender chicken in my pie; my partner's pie was VERY lamb-y (which I like). Mashed potatoes were fine but not exceptional. I did very much enjoy the minty mushy peas on top (and could've actually used a tiny bit more mint).

Herbed lemonade could've used more herb flavor (I was to say it was rosemary, but I'm not sure). My partner said his latte was really good. I know virtually nothing about coffee, so I'll keep my opinion to myself. ;)

Price wasn't cheap ($44, I think, for the 2 pies + drinks). But it was MIGHTY tasty. And it tastes like a quality product. And, if you don't eat as much as we do, you could probably split a stacked pie or get 2 pies that are less stacked and get out for less than we did.

They were giving small samples of lamingtons. Tasty enough. But when I Googled "lamington," I saw versions that had cream btw 2 layers of cake; I think they should probably sell such a version.

I don't know if I'd drive across the city in traffic for it, but it's certainly worth checking out (location also helps tremendously, since you walk off the calories along the beach).

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