The Pie Tin, Newtown

A friend who I hadn’t spoken in a while asked me what it was like to blog about food for a living.

After laughing for a solid thirty seconds, I decided to just roll with it. This is one of my favourite hobbies (along with grooming my moustache and pretending to steal my nephew’s nose) so I decided to embellish a little bit and break down what the week in the life of a food blogger was like.

I told her about the endless hours I spend in newsagents reading recipe magazines. I told her about having to check into hotels under fake names so that my tens of fans couldn’t stalk me. I told her about weekly traditions like Chursday, Fryday and of course Pieday.

Wait, you don’t know about Pieday on Fryday at the Pie Tin in Newtown?

Welcome to my life:

The Pie Tin, Newtown
The Pie Tin, Newtown

I’ve been wanting to go to the Pie Tin for a really long time. My plans to come here have been foiled more than any baking tray in the history of mankind . Fortunately for me, our monthly work lunch was set to be held at the Pie Tin and no one was going to be able to stop me from attending.

Pie Tin, Newtown
Damn, looks like a lot of people are having work lunches today

I was really hungry. June was rough, I hadn’t been sleeping well and there were no new Game of Thrones episodes due ’til 2015.

So, I went in. Hard.

Mac & Cheese Pie at the Pie Tin, Newtown
Mac & cheese pie with a side of sweet potato fries

You gotta get fries on Fryday. These were easily some of the best sweet potato fries I had ever had the pleasure of sampling. They were very crispy and actual fries. Some folks prefer chunks of pure sweet potato but I can’t ever go past a nice and crunchy fry. They were quite salty as well but my taste buds enjoyed them immensely.

Let’s talk about the pie:

Mac & cheese pie from Pie Tin, Newtown
Mac & cheese pie

The crust was very sturdy but still flaked away once you prodded it forcefully with a fork. There’s a bit of a gap between the feeling and the crust. I assume this is to fortify the structure of the pie and to prevent it from collapsing all over the place. I spent half the meal eating with a fork before realising the optimal way was to use my hands.

Believe me, this isn’t the time for table manners. Using your hands and allowing your mouth to bite through the crust and filling at the same time is the best way to enjoy any of the pies at Pie Tin. Pie, burgers and chicken wings are always better when you’re using your own mitts.

As you can see from the photo, this pie was cheesier than me buying flowers after a first date. The consistency was reminiscent of baked Mac & cheese minus the crunchy layer you get after you pull it out of the oven. The spinach and pumpkin in the pie were also top notch.

Now, let’s take a look at what my buddies had:

Sweet roasted maple duck with cointreau pie
Sweet roasted maple duck with Cointreau pie

Quote: “They’ve shoved 500g of duck in a pie.”

I think that means he liked it. He also remarked at how good the gravy was (I can vouch for that).

Sweet and hearty venison pie
Sweet and hearty venison pie

Protip for everyone who decides to go to the Pie Tin after reading this review. Bring a large group and share all the sides. The three of us all opted for sides and were overwhelmed. I left the Pie Tin yelling “WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL’ as strangers wondered why the Chinese dude was channelling his inner Adele.

Oh, there’s one more pie by the way…

Tim Tam pie from the Pie Tin, Newtown
Tim Tam pie

Tim Tams are an Australian classic like me taking a girl out to dinner to have her tell me we’re great friends. I knew I had to have a slice of this pie as soon as I made eye contact. It was love at first pi-ght.

This was incredibly rich and decadent. You’ll have absolutely no question concerning its authenticity upon first bite. The signature taste of Tim tams with a nice base is just absolutely divine. I could’ve had 3.14 of these on an empty stomach. Unfortunately, my stomach was filled with Mac & cheese as well as a side of sweet potato fries that rendered me immobile for the rest of the day.

The Pie Tin, Newtown
You’re a cutie 3.14

Here’s the TL;DR for everyone that’s wondered what exactly was in a sausage roll:

– Food blogging is one of my passions. To read details about my job and how I got it, visit the Sparro blog.

– Sweet potato fries are a must have!

– Whoever came up with the Tim tam pie deserves a Nobel prize or at least a solid hi 5.


The Pie Tin, Newtown

1a Brown Street, Newtown

Opening Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 10:00am to 8:00pm

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

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