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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Pie Tin, Newtown

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You would never find the Pie Tin in Newtown unless you were looking for it, a discreet corner building in gun metal grey off the main King Street hub. But really there are plenty of reasons to visit, and all of them involve the word PIE.

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Black forest meringue pie; apple rhubarb pie and The Pie Tin exterior

The wet and miserable Sydney weather of late has given us one great big silver lining - a chance to indulge in all our favourite comfort foods yet again. We duck into The Pie Tin one cold and blustery lunchtime seeking hot pies and flaky pastry. It's a warm and inviting space, the simplicity of exposed brick walls livened with prints on the wall, a large communal table in the middle of the room, and two enormous display cabinets groaning with sweet and savoury pies.

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Vegetable korma style curry pie with mushy peas and kumera sweet potato mash $10

Savoury pies are $5.80 each but it's hard to resist the offer of two sides or salads for a total of ten dollars. The pies are all made on-site and baked throughout the day. Sides include Boston baked beans, kumera sweet potato mash, homestyle mashed potato, classic mushy peas and a mix of salads like coleslaw, potato and leafy greens.

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Roasted vegetables with garlic and white sauce pie  $10
with Boston baked beans with speck and kumera sweet potato mash

We find both the vegetable pies we try a tad on the bland side, and reach for the salt and pepper shakers for some vigorous sprinkling. The vegetable korma style curry pie is more cream than spice, and the roasted vegetables with garlic and white sauce is in some serious need of seasoning.

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Beef and dark ale pie with mashed potato top $10
with chips and gravy

The customer ahead of me beats me to the last slow roasted shredded pork pie with apple and barbecue sauce, and rather than wait an excruciating ten minutes for the next batch, I settle for the beef and dark ale pie. It's a worthwhile replacement, a huddle of hearty chunks of beef hidden below a layer of mashed potato.

Our sides are all delicious, although the kumera sweet potato mash is a little overly sweet, as though honey has been added. The Boston baked beans are brilliant - smoky and sweet with curls of sweet onion and surprise finds of speck littered throughout.

A cheese sauce is usually available on top of the chips, but they've already run out when we visit. We choose gravy, but cheese sauce would have been infinitely more rewarding.

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Sweet pie cabinet

Even as we were eating our lunch, I couldn't stop surveying the sweet pie cabinet and debating what to order for dessert. If you've ever watched the American tv series Pushing Daisies, you will immediately think of the Pie Hole, a restaurant devoted to all things pie. It's easy enough to imagine Ned rolling out pastry in the kitchen.

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Flaky pastry, pistachio and dark chocolate pie

The counter holds an assortment of sweet pastries and treats, but most customers zero in on the pies, a dizzying selection of all things sugar served with a dollop of double of cream on the side for good measure.

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Seasonal rustica tart

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Maltesers pie; American style sweet pumpkin pie; Creamy coconut custard pie;
and Oreo cookie pie $6.50 a slice with double cream

Dessert is not an easy decision, particularly when you're faced with choices that include Maltesers pie, Snickers pie, pineapple and baked ricotta pie and gooey caramel & chocolate ganache pie.

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The apple pie that ate Newtown

There's one pie that's hard to ignore and that's The Apple Pie That Ate Newtown, a behemoth-sized apple pie that beggars belief.

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The apple pie that could eat your iPhone

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The apple pie that ate Newtown $6.50 a slice with double cream

This is a serious apple pie, stuffed with an impressive amount of cinnamon-spiced apple. Our only quibble was the apple was a little cold on the teeth -- warming it slightly would have worked wonders -- but the pastry on top is blissfully crisp and generously crusted with sugar.

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Sour cherry pie $6.50 a slice with double cream

On another visit we had a slice of the sour cherry pie, not really as sour as it sounds, the plump Morello cherries balanced by ricotta and the sweet shortcrust pastry.

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 Peanut butter and chocolate tart $6.50 a slice with double cream

And because gluttony loves company it can never hurt to take home a slice of pie too. The peanut butter and chocolate tart is like a giant Reeses peanut butter cup - but you can eat it with a spoon. This is the kind of tart you want to be alone with, cosied up on the couch together on a long rainy afternoon. Add a dollop of cream and who cares about the weather outside? Just bring me another piece of pie.

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1a Brown Street, Newtown
(off King Street, between Clem's Chicken Shop and the 7-Eleven)
Tel: +61 (02) 9519 7880

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday and Friday 10am-10pm
Saturday 9am-10pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

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26 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/13/2011 10:58:00 pm


  • At 12/14/2011 5:45 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That looks AMAZING. All of it.

  • At 12/14/2011 9:53 am, Blogger Mel said…

    I'd heard they'd taken cheese sauce of their menu so glad to see it's back on (when not run out that is). My hubby would die for a slice of the apple pie and the PB tart...OMG!

  • At 12/14/2011 10:20 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Mmmm, love a good pie. Those dessert ones look amazing!

  • At 12/14/2011 10:22 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    Mmmm apple pie goodness. I need to go back and have it again!

  • At 12/14/2011 10:46 am, Blogger joey@forkingaroundsydney said…

    I agree wholeheartedly with this cooler weather being perfect for indulging in hearty food once more. I've been dying to come here to try all the varieties of savoury and sweet pies. Have just never got around to it yet. Soon!

  • At 12/14/2011 11:13 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    i loveeeee pie! and pushing daisies lol baby dont you cry gonna make a pie gonna make a pie with a heart in the middleeee (watch waitress for more pie!)

  • At 12/14/2011 1:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pies here are pretty good. Not the best ones I've had but good enough. I haven't had any desserts but I did notice the massive slice sizes when one of my friends ordered a cheesecake to share with another friend. He weights 100k and could barely finish.

  • At 12/14/2011 3:19 pm, Anonymous Min Ai said…

    OMG, just the sight of that apple pie makes me want to bolt out of the house and take that 1 hour journey into Newtown from where I live!! :P A must visit place to add on my bucket list. Thanks Helen!!

  • At 12/14/2011 3:29 pm, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    Lol that apple pie is in-sane!!!

  • At 12/14/2011 6:01 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Pushing Daisies makes my heart soar. I wish they hadn't had to finish it up so abruptly because of the cancellation! I also don't know how anyone could think to order a savoury pie here with that astonishing case of sweet creations. Oh, to be at one with that peanut butter pie!

  • At 12/14/2011 9:04 pm, Blogger Phuoc'n Delicious said…

    I love this place! When it was colder we would go at least once a week for lunch. Every now and then we go back for the dessert pies; the malteaser pie is awesome!

  • At 12/14/2011 11:40 pm, Anonymous Christina @ The Hungry Australian said…

    That apple pie is crazy. Who could seriously eat all that? There must be half a kilo of apples in there!

    My faves on your post were the sour cherry pie and the chocolate and peanut pie - I adore Reeces' peanut butter cups so this would be right up my alley. I imagine it would be quite rich though - you'd probably need a coffee to wash it down :D

  • At 12/15/2011 3:35 am, Anonymous Tapas restaurant in Sydney said…

  • At 12/15/2011 10:39 pm, Anonymous Sara - Belly Rumbles said…

    I have read lots of good things about the Pie Tin. Wow look at the size of the apple pie!

  • At 12/15/2011 11:10 pm, Blogger The Halal Food Project said…

    Wow what an apple pie!! The rustica tart also looks amazing...!

  • At 12/16/2011 1:03 am, Anonymous YaYa said…

    That American Pumpkin pie has my name on it! Am loving the cold weather, means we can have a traditional Christmas feast and it will feel just right for once!

  • At 12/16/2011 9:01 am, Blogger Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said…

    Oh my, look at that apple pie that ate Newtown! *huuuuuugeeee* But, it is also the apple pie of a cafe era gone by where apple pie and chocolate mudcake were menu staples, and when I would always order it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream slowly melting over the top.

  • At 12/16/2011 11:02 am, Anonymous Amanda said…

    I had absolutely no idea this was in Newtown! Now that I know I will be sure to pay it a visit. The apple pie looks ridiculous but amazing.

  • At 12/16/2011 11:21 pm, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    I stumbled across the Pie Tin a few weeks ago and couldn't believe the height of the apple pie! Can't wait to get back there for lunch one day.

  • At 12/17/2011 2:30 pm, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    With this cold weather those pies look very inviting.

  • At 12/18/2011 9:45 am, Anonymous Wendy @ Obesebaby said…

    wow I thought there is no more good pie place other than bourke st bakery. That potato pie looks so delicous and juicy with the fillings. thanks for the post !

  • At 12/18/2011 7:21 pm, Blogger Kerancia said…

    I heart the Oreo cookie pie with double cream, finally a pie made of cookies & cream - great find!!

  • At 12/19/2011 12:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, be still my heart. That peanut butter chocolate tart looks amazing!

  • At 12/19/2011 9:20 am, Anonymous betty said…

    the vegie pies look delicious and the two types of mash look yummy as well and the reeses pie oh my..

  • At 12/19/2011 4:39 pm, Blogger sugarpuffi said…

    that roasted vegetables pie looks amazing! and thats a gigantic apple pie is see there

  • At 12/22/2011 1:31 am, Anonymous Vivian - vxdollface said…

    ahh so this was what Chocolatesuze was telling me about! mm :9 must go get pie in Newtown


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