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Published September 14th 2012
Pies with personality
I first heard of Pie Face when a friend in New York e-mailed me asking if this was "real Aussie food" and if she should try it. The website looked good but as is sometimes the case, apart from New York, they only operated in the Eastern states. That's now changed as Pie Face has opened its first WA branch.
Most pies have triangles or stars on top to indicate the filling, but here you pick by the face – a squiggle mouth for steak, a smile for chicken (think of the letter C) and so on.
Located in the city on William Street between the Hay and Murray Street malls and open 24 hours, the shop will add to the late night choices for a quick bite. As well as meat pies, they offer sandwiches and wraps, pastries, sausage rolls, sweet pies and several different blends of coffee.
Pick your face
It was mid-afternoon when I visited, so I had a mini chocolate pie. This consisted of chocolate mousse with a chocolate top in a pastry shell. It was rich and delicious and guaranteed to spoil dinner.
Chocolate pie - why not?
My workmate had a mini chunky steak and declared it tasty with a nice balance between the amount of filling and the thickness of the pastry.
I liked the idea of the pie Stack – your choice of pie served on mashed potato with mushy peas and gravy on top – but I'd have to be very hungry to eat one.
And my New Yorker friend? Like most Americans she's used to fruit pies, so she found a meat pie "unusual but good - must do more research, maybe at lunchtime."