Australia’s Pie Face is here in Singapore, and they have big plans, big big expansion plans. Opened at 313 @ Somerset and Bugis Village, the question now is they would get the small long queues as neighbours Honey Crème and Llao Llao.
They are like the Toast Box of Australia. Well, not the best of comparisons, but you get the drift.
Their distinct feature is the facial expression on every pie, like an emoticon, some smiling, some sad, some looking drunk. When in doubt, pick the one who looks most like your face.
Pie Face’s flaky crust is so because they use a special blend of butter to create 48 layers, thus the pastry cover can feel somewhat like a croissant. Encased within are fillings of premium cuts of meats and gooey sauces.
With a selection of about 7-8 savoury pies, here are some you can expect at the Singapore local store, arranged in order of my personal preference.
Chicken and Mushroom Pie. Smiley face ($4.90)
My favourite of all those I tried. Golden crust with white creamy chicken stock sauce, plus chicken with mushroom, gets very happy in my belly.
Chicken Peppercorn Pie. Tongue sticking out ($4.90)
This flavour is THE ONE exclusive to the Singapore store. I wonder why not be adventurous and go straight on to a Laksa or Hainanese Chicken Pie. Similarly creamy and oozy, this would have gained more points if the peppercorn was more pronounced. I like it lah.
Chunky Steak Pie. S-shaped smile ($5.20)
My sense is one in three customers would enjoy the Chunky Steak Pie best. This contains chunks of beef, not minced, braised with onions, soft carrots and garlic, all swimming in gravy.
I remember that the Australian version had red wine though, and that made all the difference. Beef and red wine would be a perfect marriage. Did they get separated in Singapore?
Thai Chicken Curry Pie. O-shaped yawning face ($4.90)
The Asian inspiring offering with chicken meat, carrots, onions, garlic and coconut milk. Okay, not bad, but not spicy leh. Sabai-dee mai krup?
Tandoori Vegetable Pie. V-shaped smile ($4.90)
For vegetable lovers, with chopped carrot, capsicum and mixed bean in a mild tandoori sauce made with chilli power and cumin.
Taste wise is almost comparable to Australia’s. Though in general, the Australia versions have a richer taste, and more tender beef (for the steak pie).
Mini versions ($3) of the same flavours are also available. My preference goes to the larger ones as the crust is flakier, with more substantial fillings.
Other sweet offerings include their signature mini lemon pie and mini butterscotch pies ($3.30). Decent coffee is available, but the “Kick my arse” Super Strong coffee is not found anywhere on its menu. Perhaps we still lack that sense of humour over here in Asia.
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B3-10 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Bugis Village, 249 Victoria Street, Singapore 188034
Opening Hours: 1am – 10pm Daily