The Pie Tin made such a good impression with their slow roasted duck pie, that N and I agreed that to return at one point to give their sweet pies another try. And so we return some four months later. But not before we try some different savoury pies –
This is the Chicken Carbonara Pie (savoury pies are $6.95 to $8.95) with mushroom.
The flavours of this pie were immensely enjoyable, with the chicken being juicy and tender, just on the right side of cooked, and the mushrooms imparting their delicious umami. There was just a slight hint of cheese in the carbonara sauce, which was odd, but the flavour was well balanced, giving the pie just enough moisture. The pie crust was crispy and toasty all around.
N tries their Beef Brisket after hearing good things about it online.
She enjoy the pie, finding the brisket tender and juicy, with just enough moisture without the pie falling apart or leaking everywhere upon on eating. The brisket was well seasoned, although a little too salty by the end. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable pie that she’d eat again.
This time for dessert, N tries her luck with the Lemon Creme Brulee (sweet pies are $7.95-$8.95 per slice). We love a tangy and zesty lemon flavour, but here, it tastes much like a custard flavoured with lemon pub squash (or Solo by Schweppes). The texture is smooth and creamy, but the flavour is all sweetness. Critically, the pie lacks the sugar crust that is quintessential to a creme brulee. There seems to be some attempt at torching the top, but it has the same custard texture just with more caramelised flavour.
I still had my heart set on The Apple Pie That Ate Newtown, but with that not on the menu when we visited, I go for the Apple Crumble ($10.95).
The slice is a generously deep with crispy apple slices piled high and berries throughout to give it the purple tinge. The cinnamon was pronounced, but still enjoyable. While I enjoyed the innards, the pastry was very undercooked throughout and the crumble tasted very floury, without the crispy crust and toasty crumble expected from an apple crumble.
So in the future, we’ll visit The Pie Tin for the savoury pies and go elsewhere in Newtown for dessert. And there is no shortage of options!
The Pie Tin is at 1a Brown St, Newtown NSW 2042.