Having travelled far and wide throughout WA to find great pies and bakeries, I was not expecting to be blown away when we arrived in Victoria Park for work this week. Logically though, the first stop for lunch on day one was Marcos bakery. We were so impressed in fact that Marcos turned into breakfast, lunch and dinner (as well is in between snacks) every day of the week.
Marcos bakery is a small bakery in Centro shopping centre, Victoria Park. The business has been family owned and operated by one family for the last three years, in which time it has already claimed a silver medal for its steak pie in the 2011 Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition.
I can definitely see why, the Steak pie was the first I tried and it really set a high benchmark. It is always great to bite into a pie and see real chunks of meat. So it was great to bite into this one and see huge chunks of diced, very tender beef then to look out the back to witness the baker dicing up some meat in between rolling dough himself!
After being impressed with the steak pie I decided to move on and try as many pastries as possible.
Results are as follows:
Steak Pie: 8/10 Steak & Pepper Pie: 9/10 - the perfect amount of ground and whole peppercorns Steak, Bacon & Egg Pie: 8/10 - There was actually a whole free range egg in it! And you can even choose between hard of soft boiled. Steak & Mushroom Pie: 7/10 - Same great steak plus some nice diced mushrooms that weren't as soggy as I've come to expect. Chicken & Veg Pie: 7/10 - There wasn't enough meat for my liking, but it was very tender and the filling wasn't overly runny. Curry Beef: 10/10 - This is the best Curry pie I've tried, and my favourite out of their selection. Spicy without being overpowering. Shepherds Pie: 6/10 - I'm not a fan of shepherds pies, so for me this was a pretty good rating. I liked this because unlike most shepherds pies it didn't fall apart in my hands. Cheese Kranski: 7/10 - The sausage was cooked well. It wasn't hard to bite into and the surrounding pastry was delightfully soft. Cheese & Bacon sausage roll: 9/10 - Sausage rolls have a reputation that Marcos thankfully did not meet. You could see whole chunks of meat inside, as well as diced onion and bacon pieces.
What really impressed me was the price. The most expensive pies were the shepherds and chicken pies at $4. The rest were priced between $3.20 - $3.80. That's an absolute bargain these days; especially when you take into account the large size and quality of the pies.
The shell itself for all the pies was very crisp and firm - with, soft golden brown, flaking tops and bases that didn't fall apart at first bite.
They do have a range of pastries as well - which I did not get the time to try - including choc croissants, ham and cheese pastry and danishes which all looked excellent and were also very well priced.
Next time you're in Victoria Park I can highly recommend you stop over to experience one (or all) of the brilliant pies on offer.