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Published July 3rd 2012
Pies, my new found winter warmer.

Early mornings in Surry Hills are bleak and cold in winter. You walk briskly to your office in the hope it will warm your body. Even my ritual lattes were just not warming my hands or insides of late. Then I saw Dinky Di Pies on Elizabeth Street.

Dinky Di Pies &Pastries - made by a Frenchman

It had been years since I had eaten a pie, mainly from a fear of not knowing what was really inside them. They all looked pretty much the same, a gluey dark brownish black gooey mass of unrecognisable nothingness.

All those prior notions were dismissed at the mere thought of something hot and substantial warming the inside of my body.

Looking at the light flaky pastry, covering those mystery surprise fillings I was desperate and eager to wrap my hands around a bountiful pie and bite right into it.
Pies lined up at 8.30am for a winter warmer

On my first day I opted for the beef burgundy and was delighted to find chunks of recognisable beef in a juicy gravy and scoffed it down in record time.

OK, so it's not the breakfast of champions, yet it did the trick, so much so I have backed up each morning making a bee line to this pie shop, creating a new winter ritual.

On second day, I decided to purchase a few mini pies so I could try other flavours because I just could not decide.
Mini Pies, chunky Chicken and Leek

They are tasty little morsels. Chicken and Leek I found again had good chunks of recognisable chicken pieces and full of flavour. Tandoori Vegetable was my first vegetarian pie, yum, nice and spicy.
Oh look at the fluffy layers of pastry on this Tandoori Vegetable pie, great for vegetarians.

Apparently there is quite an art in eating a pie.
Looking around at the other patrons, I notice people do interesting things with their pies before eating them.

I love to peel off the top and eat it separately as I love a good pastry and winter is the perfect time for creating those flaky layers. It all has to do with the coldness of the butter when mixed with the flour, and cold it is of late. Then I eat the remainder casing and filling together.

How do you eat your pie.
Do you just eat it all together or in sections?
With or without tomato sauce.
Do you lavish tomato sauce all over the top or do you spread it on the inside?
Or just how it is?
Do you eat it with a knife and fork, or with your hands?

Let me know what you do and how many ways are there to eat a simple pie.

Pies available in mini, regular and maxi sizes.
Flavours include chunky beef burgundy, steak, steak and mushroom, peppercorn steak, chicken and leek, chicken and mushroom, Tandoori vegetable and quiche Lorraines.
Cost: $5.75/5.95 regular pie sizes. quiche Lorraine slices $5.25. Sausage rolls and vegetable rolls $3.95.

Soups to Go
Another morning I decided to try their soups to go. There are two to choose. Moroccan and Chicken and Cous Cous. A great idea to take back to the office. Hearty and thick enough to prevent spills, warm and quite tasty. @ $3.95 & $5.25
Hearty hot soups to warm your winter.

Want a sandwich to go, try these crusty bread delights.
Crusty French bread sandwiches.

Dinky Di also has a huge selection of cakes.
Petits fours, little cakes, big cakes and occasion cakes.

I am a sucker for a good lemon curd cake and this little delicacy didn't disappoint. Of course, you can have the large slice, however I do love little cakes so I can be greedy and taste several in one sitting. To me it is all about variety, I want to try everything in life.
Mini Lemon Curd cake has a good tang wihtout making your eyes squint.

Petit Fours are a great way to taste everything in life, just the way I like it to be.

French inspired cakes to treat your sweet tooth or teeth.

Large cakes and quiches for occasions or take home and pig right out! It is winter after all, no one will notice when you are in your tracky dacks.

Sizes: Mini, regular and maxi. From $2.65 mini $5.95 regular.

French pastry chef Francois Cointrel began with a shop in Rose Bay naming it 'Dinky Di Pies and Pastries'.

He now has several, including this one in Surrey Hills.
King St Wharf, Pyrmont, Bondi Junction and the original at Rose Bay.

Read his story from France to Australia
The Dinky Di story - A Frenchman with an Aussie story.
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Why? To warm your winter inners
When: Open Daily 6am to 6pm
Phone: 9699 6736
Where: 410 Elizabeth Street, Surrey Hills- near Devonshire Street
Cost: Regular pies from $5.25
Your Comment
I haven't tried Dinky Di's but perhaps I should. I like Pie Face, chunky steak pie with peas, mash and gravy. It's too messy to eat with your hands - you'll need a fork and knife for that one.

The Dinky Di's Beef Burgundy and the chicken and leek sound really yummy.

I too can eat a pie at any time of day. I would probably eat those pies plain (no sauce) with my hands!
by genie0 (score: 0|4) 2685 days ago
Dinki Di is also there on Union street, Pyrmont. Small café but great service and pies. I love their almond sticks and cakes are to die for.
by Priyanka (score: 2|433) 1947 days ago
It's SURRY Hills, not SURREY Hills!!?? :)
by Lynette (score: 0|2) 2685 days ago
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