We first tasted a pie from Pie Town at one of our favourite Brisbane haunts, Wandering Cooks. Pie Town had a pop-up stall at Wandering Cooks before opening its own bakery/café in a cute old corner store in Brisbane’s West End in November. The pie we had at Wandering Cooks was a chicken pot pie and we were bowled over by the buttery, flaky pastry and the generous, flavoursome filling.
So we were keen to see what owner Susie Yang was doing with her business and whether they were as good as we remembered – I hasten to add that this was before Covid-19 sent us all into lockdown. (Pie Town is still doing takeaways.)
There’s an extensive list to choose from, although when we visited late on a Saturday morning, many had sold out. We enjoyed the pepper steak pie filled with chunky beef; other savoury options included mushroom bourguignon, chicken, and vegan and vegetarian pies such as cheesy cauliflower, and potato, cheddar and onion.
The sweet menu includes pumpkin pie, banoffee pie, Death by Chocolate mousse pie, strawberry rhubarb, bourbon pecan, key lime, and classic apple pie. Specials pop up regularly. Yang is a great fan of American-style pies and the sweet ones are her real passion. We’ll have to go back for those when we have the opportunity.
The pies don’t come cheap, ranging from $5 and mostly around $9 to $11 for a single pie. If you bring your own container, you get a 50-cent discount. Family-sized pies start at $35; most are $40. But they are all made on the premises, from scratch using seasonal ingredients and quality local produce, including Pepe Saya cultured butter, Barambah Organics milk, Echo Valley Farm eggs, Suncoast Limes, Boyne River Pecans, and locally sourced flour, grass-fed beef and pork. A lot of love goes into every pie.
For drinks, there is barista coffee from Wolff Coffee Roasters, along with loose-leaf tea, milk shakes, blended pie shakes, kefir probiotic drinks, and Heirloom hot chocolate.
The bakery/café on Montague Road is a cheerful spot, with lots of bright red on the outside and colourful murals painted by local artist Sarah Sculley. Under normal circumstances, there is seating for about 40 inside and out. Who knows when it will be bustling with people again like it was on the day we visited?
If you go:
342 Montague Road
Brisbane Qld 4101
Note: While restrictions are in place during the Coronavirus pandemic, Pie Town is only open for takeaway, with an emphasis on vac-sealed family pies and whole dessert pies. It is offering a limited supply of hot savoury pies and slices.