Pies & Coffee (founded since 2011) may well have been at the forefront before the influx of cool hipster cafes, bars and restaurants in the last few years that changed the food trends in Singapore entirely. Pies & Coffee is not usually the kind of place you would associate with hip young trendsetters, as they are always looking for trendy cafe interiors with Instagram-worthy food and drinks.
Four years into business and still standing strong, the casual cafe chain is trying to lure the younger and cooler crowd by unveiling new savoury hot meals that are equally mouth-watering, value for money and most importantly able to inundate them to take pictures of their food – Pies & Coffee can be very photogenic too.
The evergreen Beef Cheek Gourmet Pie ($11.90) is my still favourite today – featuring chunks of slow-cooked beef cheek which proves to be rich, tender and succulent. The melt in your mouth experience is quite hard to resist.
Dressed in all black is the new Charcoal Crust Curry Chicken Pie ($11.20) made from tender chicken leg and potato in a fragrant curry blend of garlic, onion, ginger, lemongrass, tomato paste, chilli paste, curry powder, fresh coconut milk and assorted spices.
Next, the Barbecue Chicken Pie in Beetroot Crust ($11.90) looking pretty in deep-red, is made from natural food colour of the beet. Underneath the crust was the tang of genuine adventure, you could taste a good combination of ingredients such as apricot jam, pineapple, chilli, parsley, onion, garlic, lime and bbq sauce.
I love that buttery and savoury taste which lingers in my mouth. All pies are served with a side of fresh greens and mashed potatoes.
Not limited to just pies and breakfast selections, Pies & Coffee offers comforting soups served in a crusty bread bowl. The classic New England Clam Chowder ($9.20) is a favourite choice featuring creamy goodness of white clams stir-fried with onions, carrots, potatoes, celeries and herbs before adding fresh clam juice to the potpourri.
On the contrary, the Lobster Bisque ($10.90) is actually my kind of soup – an ocean of excellent taste from the combination of fresh flower crabs, black mussels, fresh prawns, onions, carrot, celery, tomato, butter and mix herbs.
Eat local with Curry Chicken ($14.50) served in a crusty bread bowl with a huge drumstick. The curry is incredibly fragrant and fiery while the chicken meat is tender and succulent.
The saucy dish also comes in a Hungarian Beef Goulash ($14.50) bread bowl created just for the heroes. The beef stew gets its spicy and bursting flavours from the bell peppers, garlic, onions, paprika, tomatoes, cayenne and beef stock. Not a big fan of spicy food, but I actually enjoyed this tasty European-inspired creation.
For those who love their cheese, they should try the Lobster Bisque Baked Rice ($14.90) and the Croque Monsieur ($14.90). The baked rice yields an opulent bisque from the reduction of fresh flower crab, prawns and slipper lobster jus tossed in a prawn stock with onions, mixed herbs, carrots and celeries.
Just by preparing the lobster bisque itself takes up to six hours of time, involving more effort and expense than they are worth. The lobster bisque baked rice probably would be my perennial dish to have at Pies & Coffee now.
There are more sweet treats to choose from, such as Sticky Date with Vanilla Ice Cream, Blueberry Crumble, Lime Meringue Tart, Baked Chocolate Tart, Muffins, Scones, Cookies and Eclairs, as well as selection of sliced cakes on display.
The good news is that Pies & Coffee do not include service charge into your bill. The newer outlet at Alexandra Retail Centre offers a cosy and inviting ambience that makes it perfect for a casual get-together.
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