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Best of Canberra – Pies

By Canfan - 30 September 2014 26

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There have been two occasions when I have truly missed the greatness of the Aussie pie. On one of my first dates with my husband, we went along to a Chelsea match and he bought a couple of pies (…and they say romance is dead). It had been microwaved which to my mind is an unforgivable pie sin, but was also made up of a fairly tasteless gravy and bits of what tasted more like old erasers grated up than anything resembling meat. The second was when I sampled the great and famed ‘pie and mash’ in a South London pie shop. The pie was not only floating in a slick of what was referred to as liquor (they say liquor, I say dishwater), but rose to the lofty height of about 1.5cm and contained not a great deal other than a jelly like gravy. Yuk!

When I first brought my husband ‘home’ to Australia, he had a list of tasks to achieve during his time here. That list included sampling a chunky steak pie from Brothers Oven. He nearly passed out and went to pie heaven.

So, this week we’re breaking out the big guns. Who makes the best pie in Canberra? Judgement will be made on a steak pie, none of this cheese and bacon business.

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
Best of Canberra – Pies
John Moulis 4:42 pm 30 Sep 14

It’s not strictly Canberra, but Coles at Riverside Plaza Qbn is the only place in the region which sells Garlo’s Pies. You have to heat them at home but they are by far the best pies I have tasted.

bigfeet 4:24 pm 30 Sep 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I don’t like pies…

Un-Australian comments such as these are likely being monitored by the authorities.

What is your position on vegemite? Think carefully before answering.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:33 pm 30 Sep 14

Genie said :

Can I vote for Dobinson’s as having the most over rated pies in Canberra.

So many people recommend pies from there and I find them WOEFUL !

Best pies for me are on the South Coast.

I don’t like pies, but Dobs does great french vanilla slices.

Antagonist 3:18 pm 30 Sep 14

I can barely look sideways at a pie since getting a serious case of food poisoning about 3 years ago. Does that mean I have become a terrorist now?

Genie 2:44 pm 30 Sep 14

Can I vote for Dobinson’s as having the most over rated pies in Canberra.

So many people recommend pies from there and I find them WOEFUL !

Best pies for me are on the South Coast.

astrojax 1:23 pm 30 Sep 14

Squeezle said :

Gum Tree Pies, Capital Region Farmer’s Market at Epic on Saturdays. Steak and red wine!!

seconded

qbngeek 12:56 pm 30 Sep 14

Not strictly Canberra, but certainly better than anything I have ever found in Canberra:

1. Gunnadoo in Bungendore
2. Trappers in Braidwood

Holden Caulfield 12:41 pm 30 Sep 14

Flute, again.

Squeezle 12:07 pm 30 Sep 14

Gum Tree Pies, Capital Region Farmer’s Market at Epic on Saturdays. Steak and red wine!!

Madam Cholet 12:02 pm 30 Sep 14

Postalgeek said :

Lamb and Mousaka at the Griffith Butchers. They were the best. But no longer.

I always found the taste of the pastry a bit odd at the Griffith Bakery.

I would nominate the bakery at Fyshwick markets – the one near Wiffens, not the Vietnamese bakery as I haven’t tried theirs. Price is good, fillings are not ungenerous which can often be a problem with meat pies and they have a range of flavours. They don’t stint on flavourings either. They also do really well priced family pies which I buy on occasion when we are there at the weekend.

Definitely think that one of the criteria when assessing a meat pie is the number of chunks of meat. The local bakery where I live often I think just passes the meat over the top of the pie rather than puts it inside!

astrojax 10:32 am 30 Sep 14

James McMahon said :

Elaines Gourmet pie’s Dickson, the chunky steak and bacon is a favorite.

hmm, but you can’t eat the aluminum foil casing – pies need pastry all round, i rekkun…

Mess 10:10 am 30 Sep 14

Chisholm Bakery. Best pies in Canberra.

Postalgeek 9:56 am 30 Sep 14

Lamb and Mousaka at the Griffith Butchers. They were the best. But no longer.

bigfeet 9:44 am 30 Sep 14

Does Bungendore count as ‘Canberra’? If so put me down for one vote for the Gunna Doo Bakery in that town.

James McMahon 9:11 am 30 Sep 14

Elaines Gourmet pie’s Dickson, the chunky steak and bacon is a favorite.

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