Joke’s over for Jester’s Civic

Sikkukkut 2 September 2007 28

The local franchise of Jester’s Pies, as far as I know the only one in Canberra, has closed its operation at the top of Garema Place. For the last couple of days of last week the shop was closed up, chairs stacked on tables, lights out and a For Lease sign in the window.

I didn’t mind a Jester’s pie once in a while, although I wasn’t exactly a regular there. I can’t say I’m surprised to see them go, though. I never saw the place with more than one or two people in it and it was often empty. It wasn’t in a good spot to get the passing takeaway trade – the Ali Baba and Oporto outlets next door offer a better variety of meal and I think Jester’s is too far away from the big offices for public servants ducking out for a bite and a coffee. On the other hand, the dine-in experience wasn’t inviting, with the TV not visible from most of the seats and the weird furniture design that put the table about level with my chest when I sat down.

I’m now wondering about the fate of the site. I’m sure it would be viable for a good eatery, but I’m wondering what sort. A different sort of takeaway, perhaps with the entrance on the other wall to draw in the fast-food crowd rather than the cafe-goers? Is that part of town at saturation point with cafe-style eateries? It’d be a shame if that corner stood empty for as long as it did after the Key King moved out.

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28 Responses to Joke’s over for Jester’s Civic
Dagget Dagget 11:38 am 04 Sep 07

“Now I want a pie. No, three pies. With peas.”

Mmmmm Adelaide train station pie floaters at 2am.
Memories of a mis-spent youth 🙂

Danman Danman 10:57 am 04 Sep 07

The bakery at Bungendore is well worth a visit

I have been known to scoff many a semi dried tomato and (fresh) basil quiche from that bakery.

Matter o fact – I never liked quiche until then

hairy nosed wombat hairy nosed wombat 11:40 pm 03 Sep 07

Jesters Brand Depot, and Civic seemed to have different business plans (aka different owners/manages with different goals).

Having said that, I found their pies overpriced and tended not to buy them.

The pie shop at nuggets crossing is quite good too, and Villis do a good pie for a mass produced pie. (on my last trip to Adelaide, I found the Villis pie cart always well patronised).

The bakery at Bungendore is well worth a visit.

DuffyMum DuffyMum 10:11 pm 03 Sep 07

The one and only time I have been to Jesters in Civic (the night that the Rally of Canberra started) I was very impressed with both the food/drinks and the service by the staff. I for one am disappointed that they have closed.

Bartron Bartron 10:00 pm 03 Sep 07

hmm….the two times I had pies at Jesters they were OK and I couldn’t fault the service either time….not sure where the teenage girls came from, maybe I didn’t go there at the right times. I’ll never be glad a franchise closes down as it represents someones time, money and effort into something that didn’t work. Unless you know the owner it could have been someone with too much money and not enough care or a Mum and Dad operation with not enough business nouse.

ant ant 9:44 pm 03 Sep 07

A Canadian friend moved to be with his new girlfriend in the US, and started to miss Pies. The US girlfriend asked me for a recipe to try and make him some. well, that was tough. Bakery pies just aren’t that easy to make. I’m pretty sure they put blood and stuff in, and the pastry is quite tricky too.
I used to make a beeline for that place in the Sydney domestic terminal when I got back from the US. A strong flat white, and a PIE with sauce. Bliss.

el el 9:37 pm 03 Sep 07

x2 for Erindale bakery.

Swaggie Swaggie 6:15 pm 03 Sep 07

Yep another vote for the Gourmet Pie at the Tracking Station cafe – had one yesterday. 10/10

cranky cranky 5:57 pm 03 Sep 07

From left field – whoever made the pies sold at Bunnings, Fyshwick.
Anyone know?

bonfire bonfire 4:57 pm 03 Sep 07

tidbinbilla space tracking station cafe – excelent made on premises gourmet pies.

VicePope VicePope 4:53 pm 03 Sep 07

Erindale Bakery. Good range. Good stuff. People who think about pastry.

Thumper Thumper 3:55 pm 03 Sep 07

Ah, the old frozen pie. Nothing better when you stagger in at zero dark oclock with a gutful of piss.

Wild Pies in Bodalla. Best in the world.

hingo hingo 2:22 pm 03 Sep 07

I reckon ALDI’s frozen pies are great. Who cares what it is made out of as long as it tastes good and doesn’t make you physically ill. Can’t be any worse than eating haggis.

pierce pierce 2:05 pm 03 Sep 07

Damn it, I got a 2 for 1 voucher for Jesters that I never used. (though from the sounds of it I guess I’m not missing out on so much anyway)

I’ll put another vote in for Cornucopia though

asp asp 12:48 pm 03 Sep 07

“To find a quality pie with chunks of real meat, and no arteries, gristle and other offal, with pastry that doesn’t flake all over the place is a rare thing indeed.”
Not just pies.
Woolies is selling Italian Pork sausages that are only 15% Pork. What is the rest?
4in20 Pies are about 19% Meat.
Even the humble hash brown is often less than 90% potato.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:54 am 03 Sep 07

Now I want a pie. No, three pies. With peas.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:30 am 03 Sep 07

Agreed – Jesters dish up very average pies, at extraordinarily high prices. I guess that’s the so-called “invisible hand” of the market at work…

On the subject of pies, Villies are always the ones being sold at the various public events – and an overpriced runny-everywhere pie is *exactly* what you need at a public event NOT.
People have also raved over Dobinsons (Bunda St) and Bryants (from Goulburn) pies, but I’ve found both quite average.

To find a quality pie with chunks of real meat, and no arteries, gristle and other offal, with pastry that doesn’t flake all over the place is a rare thing indeed. Unfortunately the main place to get same reliably is a certain brand in the supermarket freezers of all places.

emd emd 9:24 am 03 Sep 07

I like the vegetarian pies at Elaine’s – Fyshwick is just as good as Dickson. Possibly they just taste so good because they’re drowned in cheese.

Cornucopia has the most outstanding pastry (or anything from a bakery) that I’ve ever eaten. The pumpkin pillow is great (although too big for me to get through on my own).

Bruno’s in Mawson has excellent quiches. They don’t make a vegie pie so I don’t know about that.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 8:40 am 03 Sep 07

I tend to avoid the local pies – just haven’t been impressed over the last two decades or so.

I do enjoy a beef pie from the bakery at Nuggets Crossing in Jindabyne and the mushy pea pies at the Gunnadoo (sp?) bakery in Bungendore are pretty good.

Maelinar Maelinar 8:28 am 03 Sep 07

The bakery in Kippers for their Guinness Pie. Apparently it’s won awards, but I’ve never bothered to read the sign.

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