In our search for Australian cuisine, we quickly realized a few things. First, we noticed that there isn’t anything (other than kangaroo) that one would really consider truly Australian. At least not that we could find, anyway. The second thing we noticed was that a lot of foods we would consider British are popular in Australia (which makes a lot of sense, of course). So we present to you a snack we came across one night, Pie Face.
Pie Face appears to be a bit of a chain restaurant in Australia with locations all over the country. They offer a variety of items between pies like the ones below and beverages and snacks. The location we stumbled up on appeared to be more of a cart so I’d assume they didn’t have the full menu. Are all locations like this? If you’re familiar with Pie Face, let us know in the comments!
What We Got at Pie Face
The Australian – a Sausage Roll.
Basically, it’s ground beef seasoned and with vegetables, mixed together and baked inside of a flaky pastry crust. It reminded me a lot of the meat mixture from Shepherd’s Pie, but baked inside a pastry instead of in a pan with mashed potatoes on top. I wish it had been mixed with a little more gravy, if there even was any mixed in at all. It seemed a little dry to me.
The British – a Meat Pie.
Instead of a traditional meat pie, since we were having meat in the sausage roll, we decided to go with a Chicken and Mushroom Pie. It seemed to be the same pastry as the sausage roll, but baked into a pie form and with chicken, mushrooms and other vegetables simmered in a brown chicken gravy. It was DELICIOUS, by far my favorite of the two items we sampled.
Pie Face – Final Thoughts
It does seem (from looking at their menu) that most of the pies are made with gravy, so perhaps I read the menu wrong and the sausage roll actually did not have gravy mixed in (nor was it supposed to). I personally preferred the gravy mixture, so I’d be interested to try some of the other pies on the menu the next time we travel to Sydney (or elsewhere in Australia). I doubt I’d try any of the rolls again, though.