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Pies: Michels Pastiserie vs Bakers Delight

By Maelinar 8 August 2008 30

We’ve discussed pies here before. This review is about one type of pie which has unfortunately suffered from the demise of the pie, the Steak and Kidney pie. S&K pies have declined in popularity, however if you have the taste for them, you will be one of the few of us who order them at every opportunity. Here’s a blow by blow comparison between Michels S&K pie and Bakers Delight. A Michels S&K pie is a 10/10/10 for comparison purposes:

BD Taste (Flavour) = 9
Size = 10
Ingredients = 9
Decor/Cutlery = n/a
Waiting Staff = n/a
Cost = 10
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Bakers Delight just don’t cut it in my books – instead of steak you get mince, and by virtue of the couple I’ve tried, I’m firmly of the opinion that kidney is merely a condiment to be added as an afterthought. While I’m not specifically discriminating against them, a purist will know when their teeth hit kidney, which will be sorely missed if you attempt a BD S&K pie. Beyond that, it tastes <i>like</i> kidney, so no hard feelings… By way of comparison, the Michels S&K pie has definite chunks of steak, and definite chunks of kidney – surprising given their market plan of dumping a shopfront in the middle of a transit area in a mall.

The michels pie is my immediate recommendation, I’ve not actually found a third retailer of S&K pies in Canberra (worthy of comparison). I’d recommend if you are a fan of the S&K pie, hit up the michels nearest you, over the BD S&K pie, unless there isn’t one, where a BD S&K pie will fill you up until you can get to a mall that has a Michels outlet – 9/10.

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Matto 3:40 pm 11 Aug 08

Mr Evil – Now you’re talking! Couldn’t hurt to invite Jess.

Mr Evil 2:48 pm 11 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

@Matto – Bakers Best has previously appeared on RiotACT ( and here)

I’m sure the RA crew could organise a pie-tasting with the owner in their busy schedule of reviewing Zierholz brewery cum neverending story (not that I’m against it, but Sepi probably is).

How about a RA beer and pie tasting event, with female strippers – under the flightpath into Canberra Airport?

I’m sure sepi would be up for that! And we can invite Jessica Good too!

peterh 2:28 pm 11 Aug 08

VIP is pretty good, as is the pie shop in townsville street, in fyshwick. (don’t know if its still there, though)

peterh 2:26 pm 11 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

I responded, but time and space folded.

The hand of the admin is powerful.

I’ve said too much.

so will jenny feature in a spin off, do you think?

I responded, but time and space folded.

The hand of the admin is powerful.

I’ve said too much.

peterh 12:55 pm 11 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

I’ve watched the Doctor die.

I’ve said too much.

damn you!

you have!

Albigeois 11:49 am 11 Aug 08

Bakers delight is a good bet for pretty much anything BUT pies.

Their best stuff is (unsurprisingly) the bread products… the dough is actually made/rolled/baked with any relevant extra ingrediencts in it at the store. Anything else (croissants, xmas mince pies) is trucked in pre-made (but not cooked) and then baked in the ovens at the store.

So if BD *did* do pies, then they would definitely be a less-than-freshly-made version. But it is unlikely BD do pies unless a LOT has changed since I was a manager at one of heir Melbourne stores.

The key difference between Bakers Delght and Brumbys is that Brumbys does the pastry/muffin/etc side of things while BD has stayed true to focussing mainly on bread. (Brumbys is actually a split-off from BD that happened over 10 years ago because the owner wanted to branch out to include non-bread products)

I don’t mind Michels but find them overpriced… go Dobinsons

Matto 11:33 am 11 Aug 08

I’m always up for a quality pie and ice cold beverage to compliment it.

Matto 11:08 am 11 Aug 08

Mælinar

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

@Matto – Bakers Best has previously appeared on RiotACT ( and here)

I’m sure the RA crew could organise a pie-tasting with the owner in their busy schedule of reviewing Zierholz brewery cum neverending story (not that I’m against it, but Sepi probably is).

That’s right up my alley. Just name a time and place ;P

@Matto – Bakers Best has previously appeared on RiotACT ( and here)

I’m sure the RA crew could organise a pie-tasting with the owner in their busy schedule of reviewing Zierholz brewery cum neverending story (not that I’m against it, but Sepi probably is).

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