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Bakeries at the local shops in Canberra?

By astrojax - 18 March 2013 99

Pies and sausage rolls.  everyone wants them, everyone loves them.  where do you get them?

is your local shops replete with a real bakery, or even a real pie shop?  is it any good?  what’s the best thing there?

and where is the town’s – or region’s – best bakery for pies and sausage rolls? we know about civic’s dobinson’s & croissant d’or, and kingston’s silo.  these are good, but where is the old bakery-style goods..?  this is serious business.  i need to know…

…for the record, dickson bakery (near the butchers) does primo rum balls!  the sausage rolls and chunky steak or cheese and bacon pies are also worth a pop in.  the gourmet pie place at dickson i don’t rate – for a start, no pastry base so you can’t eat it in your hands; and overpriced.

i also don’t mind the sausage rolls at the kingston bakery (especially for the price), to which i have turned on several occasions to supply work morning teas.  ainslie and lyneham have brumbies – overpriced average fare for mine…

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Weaselburger 3:24 pm 24 May 15

Florey do great “Saigon pork rolls”..healthy taste great and only $5.50, best pies are at Griffith butcher or Ellanes at dickson

robcrisp 10:31 am 23 Apr 15

The bakery at Kingston (nor Silo, the asain one) does one of the best sausage rolls ever, and cheap. Also the cafe in the John Gorton Building does a mean sausage roll, but pricey but yum. I also rate Dobinsons for a sausage roll.

poetix 10:36 pm 20 Apr 13

bigred said :

For sure Astrojax, I am also mightily chuffed. Next topic should be best hot chocolate I reckon.

I like this thread. Harmless and interesting, though strangely passionate.

So firstly, I would like to note that the quiches at the Braidwood bakery are still nice. Very salty but nice. I had one recently.

And secondly, that chilli hot chocolate is a treat I have allowed myself twice in about 10 months, and the first time I nearly started crying at how good it was. That first was in Sydney in Glebe Point Road, and I left a poetry thing early for it after it had been whispering to me all day. The second was more recently at Cocoa Black, and it was good, but it did not make me cry. Am I asking too much of a hot beverage? How pleasurable should hot chocolate be? Does absence really make the taste buds grow more sensitive?

Maybe it’s just me; I’ve been thinking about pickled onions and chips all day.

bigred 5:44 pm 20 Apr 13

For sure Astrojax, I am also mightily chuffed. Next topic should be best hot chocolate I reckon.

astrojax 11:16 am 20 Apr 13

poetix said :

bigred said :

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

i’m right chuffed a fellow rioter remembers the blue lagoon – i still feel the devastation when i recall the day i discovered ‘new management’.

and yes, only vinegar on chips, preferably balsamic. ‘matoe sauce? no! pickled onions? very yes!

Instant Mash 10:09 pm 19 Apr 13

Asian Delights bakery in Charnwood do pretty good pies and sausage rolls. Their curry pies are one of the best I’ve had.

bigred 9:46 pm 19 Apr 13

KB1971, the user name comes from the size and colour of my preferred motorbike. Tomato sauce should be injected into a pie from one of those big bottles until it oozes out. I do not like the move to little measured doses.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:08 pm 19 Apr 13

Hard to choose if I like tomato sauce or vinegar better. Both are incredible.

RE: Mexican food, we use guac, which has some sour cream in it, but is perfect.

KB1971 8:29 pm 19 Apr 13

poetix said :

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

The best chips we used to get when we were kids was from the Pambula milk bar. Malcom used to give us $1 worth drenched in vinegar with a little salt wrapped in paper. We then used to then rip the end out of the paper so the chips would not get cold.

The chips would be all soft & steamy & oh so tasty in their vinigary goodness………god I miss them.

KB1971 8:23 pm 19 Apr 13

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

what sort did you have? i find their offerings a little hit and miss, and their sausage rolls’ pastry too flaky.

have had some nice fare there, though. i do like their chocolate and macadamia tarts. mmmm.

The Shepherds/potato pie. Ended up with a bit of gristle/artery stuck between my teeth & the potato tasted like Deb (not saying it was Deb but that is what it tasted like). Very underwhelming, shame, I have had some nice stuff from there.

iLazy 8:15 pm 19 Apr 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

iLazy said :

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

If you want to *cool the flavours*, you probably should not be eating Mexican anything.

Absolutely. The application of sour cream to any Mexican product breaks my heart. As does copious amounts of melted cheddar cheese… *shudder*

poetix 7:10 pm 19 Apr 13

bigred said :

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

bigred 5:48 pm 19 Apr 13

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:11 pm 19 Apr 13

iLazy said :

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

If you want to *cool the flavours*, you probably should not be eating Mexican anything.

iLazy 2:51 pm 19 Apr 13

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

Ghettosmurf87 2:51 pm 19 Apr 13

I had a lemon tart from Dobinson’s yesterday arvo which really hit the spot. Reasonably priced sweets there. Been years since I’ve had a pie or sandwich from there though. That’s due to not going past it much more than anything.

astrojax 1:35 pm 19 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

what sort did you have? i find their offerings a little hit and miss, and their sausage rolls’ pastry too flaky.

have had some nice fare there, though. i do like their chocolate and macadamia tarts. mmmm.

Joy 1:23 pm 19 Apr 13

Our family just lunched on Curtin Sausage rolls. We love them. Second only to those from Kingston Bakery.

KB1971 12:56 pm 19 Apr 13

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

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