If there’s anything YouTube has taught you in the last five years, it should be to “always blow on the pie”. While a thermonuclear $3 pie from the BP up the road at 3am may sound like a good idea at the time, pies should not only be called upon in the early hours of the morning. No, the humble pie is deserving of your dollars and mouth space on many an occasion. However, not all pies are created equal and you wanna be sure that it’s worth the next century of grit classes it’ll take to burn it off.
Here’s our pick of Auckland’s best pies….
HeavenScent Food Co.
The pie gods were truly scent from heaven when they set up shop on St Patrick’s Square. Get yourself up the stairway to indulge in Heavenly Pies from the HeavenScent Food Co., available in superb flavours like a magical coconut chicken and cashew, braised pork belly, or our absolute favourite, port wine beef & blue cheese with a stinky but delicious Whitestone blue. Ka Pie!
To get your artisan pie fix right in the middle of the city, hit The Store’s takeaway side. Their smoked fish and fennel is a béchamel-filled delight, and they’ve stepped up their mince and cheese game, using wagyu. When it’s paired with pastry and cheese, what’s a bit of fat marbling at the end of the day in the name of flavor?
Little & Friday
Newmarket & Ponsonby
It’s little surprise that one of Auckland’s best bakers of all things baked and delicious also make amazing pies. Perhaps it’s Little & Friday's buttery homemade puff pastry, the TLC that obviously goes into each one, or the strict insistence on only using free range meat and organic ingredients. Whatever it is, their mince and cheese pies are some of the best we’ve ever had.
For something a bit different from your usual mince and cheese, get your little mitts on Dizengoff’s feta pie. It comes with so much spinach it must be almost healthy, especially with the little side salad it comes served with. If a healthy pie can taste this good, we’re sold.
Let’s take things down a notch. If it is an old school pie you’re after to fulfil those nostalgic tuck shop hankerings, check out Muzza’s Pies. This little pocket of town may be familiar to those who head over to L’Oeuf or Chinoiserie but for a grease fix Muz is your man. The classics are all here and the steak & mushroom is a winner.
The Fridge Café
Kingsland’s The Fridge is infamous for their pies. The beauty is in the freshness—they can only cook a tray at a time so they have to bake constantly to pump enough out during the day to keep the punters happy. And there are plenty of them! The mozzarella in their pies is a welcome stringy treat and we can’t get enough of their steak and mozzarella, though the spicy bean and sour cream is damn good too
Scratch Bakers HQ
Sorry, did someone say pork belly and apple cider pies?! Yes, everyone favourite cut of meat does come encased in perfectly flaky pasty at Scratch Bakers HQ. The other flavours are always changing we can guarantee they will be absolutely delicious. In the past they've had lamb and chorizo, spiced wagu mince and aged cheddar, and chicken, white wine and leak. They don't forget the vegetarians too with a delicious butternut and feta option. But these bad boys sell out early so get your skates on.
Mustard Kitchen might be cute-as-a-button itself but there ain’t nothing cute about their pies. Ok, except for the pastry love heart that sits on the top of your pie, if you’re lucky. But other than that, these little pies mean business with their shorter than usual crust and delish fillings. The combinations are on high-repeat and word on the street is they used to do a French toast pie with bacon, banana, egg and maple. Anyone else keen to write a petition to bring this beauty back?!
Fresh Bun Café
Ok, if you have your heart set on a butter chicken pie and nothing else will do, forgo the petrol station and instead set route for Fresh Bun Café in Tuakau. This is a pretty hidden gem but trust us, their butter chicken pie will soon be bringing the boys and girls to the yard.
Foxtrot Parlour have a knack with putting pastry on just about everything. Feeling like a Thai chicken curry? They have it in a pie. Vege curry? Yep, it's in a pie. Moroccan lamb tajine? Piefied. Beef with melted, strong, creamy Stilton. Yep, you guessed it, it's a pie. An international array of flavours, covered in a buttery, flaky pastry- what more could ya want?
Bread and Buttery Bakery
Better known for their organic, sourdough bread offerings, Bread and Butter also do some damn good pastry. They use high quality ingredients, and the outcome? High quality pies. The Brazilian beef with red wine and coffee and the creamy chicken, leek and mushroom are winners.
Sticky Fingers Café
If you’re over the Shore be sure to check out Sticky Fingers Café for some meaty, saucy, pastry goodness. Freshly baked each morning their offerings include Moroccan lamb, pepper steak and mushroom, chicken, leek and bacon, mince and cheese. They also do pies minus the meat but still just as hearty—mmmm roast vege and feta.
Bake & Beans
Bake & Beans combine buttery pastry with even more butter in the best way possible—the butter chicken pie. But oh no, they don't stop there—chicken manchurian, chilli chicken, tandoori chicken, palak paneer and butter paneer are also on the menu, just to name a few. Spice up your usual pie picks, once you go here, you'll never go back.
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