Before one of my best friends moved to Canada (I’m not envious, I promise) we had a regular lunch date called Pie Thursday. On Pie Thursdays we’d buy pies from either Dream Cuisine or Flute Bakery and chocolate brownies from the health food shop at Griffith shops, and wolf them down while fighting off seagulls by the lake.
Pie Thursdays were far from glamorous, but they were inexpensive and pretty low fuss – two things that every cheap eats meal should be.
I was missing my bestie last week, and I also hadn’t eaten a good meat pie in a long time. I set out to recreate the best part of Pie Thursday (the pie, obviously) on my own, and ended up at Dream Cuisine only because Flute Bakery doesn’t do EFTPOS and I didn’t have cash.
Dream Cuisine is on Whyalla Street in Fyshwick, just around the corner from Sportsman’s Warehouse. What started out as a cosy little cafe was extended in April last year and now has a large indoor seating area, as well as outdoor tables. There’s free Wi-Fi, and while the shop no longer has an a la carte lunch menu, it’s always packed full at lunchtime with business people and tradies enjoying pastries, macarons, baguettes and some very delicious-looking pizza slices.
When I arrived for an early lunch I couldn’t see any pies in the display cabinet at the counter, so I asked if there were any in the kitchen. Surely they couldn’t have sold out of pies by 11.30am? It turns out that Dream Cuisine doesn’t make pies anymore, though I’m not sure if this is a permanent decision or just for the short term. Either way, it’s bad news for Canberra pie lovers – Dream Cuisine’s beef and beer pies were some of this city’s best.
Since I was already at Dream Cuisine, I settled for a sausage roll with tomato sauce (they had run out of tomato relish) and a hot chocolate, which came to a total of $9.50.
I should say that ‘settled’ is a term I use to mean ‘had my heart set on a pie and this was the next best thing,’ because Dream Cuisine’s sausage rolls are really good. The pastry is flaky and buttery and the filling is about as far away from the wood pulp-like gunk that you get in shop bought versions.
The hot chocolate was good, but if you’re in Fyshwick and you want a hot chocolate I would personally recommend Flute’s – it’s more decadent and creamy.
Dream Cuisine also runs Little Dreams, which serves coffee and pastries at The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street, and while I haven’t had a chance to visit yet it looks every bit as good as its big sister.
What: Dream Cuisine
Where: 9/18 Whyalla Street Fyshwick
Opening hours: 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday