I never knew what a good pie was until we were lucky enough to have chanced upon two really good joints in London. One was Pieminister and the other was Square Pie, both of which believe in using fine ingredients in their pies. Most of the pies at Pieminister have clinched some kind of award. So no worries if you don’t really have what to eat in mind, whichever you might pick will probably be good. The Chicken of Aragon Pie with mash and gravy (GBP 4.90, student set) tickled my fancy that day.
The small rustling sound made when my knife and fork came upon contact with the pastry signaled the most wonderful pie-experience I was about to have. The crispy outside complemented well with the moist chicken and warm gravy. What’s more, one can indulge in these tasty treats and feel good about themselves! After all, patronizing Pieminister means you indirectly endorse in their use of humanely treated, mostly free-range meats, sourced within the UK to reduce food mileage.
Square Pie, on the other hand, pride their pies on being free of artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives. I had the Steak and Guinness classic pie (GBP 4.70) on the recommendation of the staff behind the counter.
Square Pie most certainly did not cut corners. The chunks of beef inside were cooked to tender perfection. Natural sweetness from the bits of carrots also made sure that the pastry didn’t get too heavy. I was left craving for more after devouring it in less than 5 minutes.
The outlets we visited:
56-58 The Covered Market
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm
105c Commercial Street
Monday – Saturday: 10.30am – 4pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 6pm