Pies & Coffee

December 28, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Pies & Coffee
35 Rochester Drive
#01-02 Rochester Mall

232 Tanjong Katong Road

200 Turf Club Road
#01-10 The Grandstand

11 Unity Street
#01-25 Robertson Walk


http://www.piesncoffee.com/


Decent Place For A Snack If You're Nearby

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 6
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $16 per person.


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In the style of that Great British English tradition, Pies & Coffee is a suitably named place that sells... what else? Gourmet pies and coffee! A niche concept cafe, Pies & Coffee also has soups, salads, and pastries on their menu, but most visit for their range of traditional or unique fusion pies.

Ambience at Pies & Coffee is functional, laid-back and casual. There isn't much indoor seating, but the ample outdoor seating is comfortable, sheltered and pretty cool, thanks to the nearby fountain. However, some seats may have bird poop on them, thanks to the nearby Myna birds that frequent this place. Check before you sit!

Pies & Coffee is largely self-service, with staff only helping to prepare orders and clear tables. Decent enough, and staff are quite friendly, they do make recommendations if you're unsure what to get.

Food at Pies & Coffee revolves around its namesake. I found the coffee to be decent, nothing to shout about, and while the coffee beans are of good quality, their Latte Art is rather sloppy and unprofessional. Their traditional pies are quite tasty, above average in quality, though portions are generous and filling. Worth the money! But their fusion pies really stand out for the unique flavour combinations!


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Even the decor revolves around the name, and is simple, minimal, and clean.

Pies & Coffee Signage


Pies & Coffee Beans



Decent Latte (SGD $5.80), semi-strong, fragrant, but the body is slighty weak. The Latte Art is below average. Go for the flavoured Latte instead, like the Latte Caramel (SGD $6.30), because the flavour enhances the otherwise weak coffee.

Latte


Latte Caramel



The British English style of Hot Chocolate (SGD $6.50), fragrant, but thin, with a semi-rich, sweet chocolate taste. One of the few Hot Chocolate that comes with art, but it's poorly executed.

Hot Chocolate 01


Hot Chocolate 02



The Honey Yuzu Tea (SGD $7) is light and fragrant, with a delicate, sweet taste of honey and yuzu citrus. Calming and fruity, it's a perfect tea for the afternoon.

Honey Yuzu Tea



Made according to the traditional British English Shepherd's Pie Beef (SGD $11.90), with a generous, filling portion. Despite the classic combination of ingredients like minced beef, carrots, onions, and peas, the Shepherd's Pie Beef lacks in the overall taste, being slightly weak on the palate. Decent, but a little more gravy or seasoning might have helped.

Shepherd's Pie Beef



The Chicken And Cheddar Pie (SGD $11.20) has a buttery, flaky, house recipe crust. Enclosed within is juicy chunks of chicken and potatoes, though I felt the cheddar cheese was a little lacking. Excellent for a snack or takeaway, as it holds up quite well even upon reheating.

Chicken And Cheddar Pie



The fusion pies here are a delight, with their excellent balance of flavours. The Beef Rendang Pie (SGD $11.20) has chunks of tender beef, well marinated in the Rendang spices, not oily, and goes well with the buttery pastry pie crust.

Beef Rendang Pie



The festive Christmas Turkey Pie (SGD $11.20) is delightful, with grilled turkey in a fragrant garlic rub, that is still moist. Packed into a crumbly pie crust along with sweet, soft pumpkin and apricot, finished a slightly savoury chestnut stuffing. Excellent!

Christmas Turkey Pie 01


Christmas Turkey Pie 02



The Charcoal Crust Curry Chicken Pie (SGD $11.20) is a stunning contrast of colour, let down by flavour. The curry chicken is properly spiced, but average in taste, and it's hindered by the strong flavour of charcoal in the pie pastry crust, which makes this rather unappealing. Tone down the charcoal flavour, and it could be much better.

Charcoal Crust Curry Chicken Pie






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