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Pie Time @ Max's

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 5th 2020
Any time is pie time at Pie Time
pie sign
We are here.

Max was famous for his pies in Lilydale many years ago, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the name crop up in Main Street Croydon.

Pie Time @ Max's shop.
Pie Time @ Max's shop.

Pie Time @ Max's is now owned and operated by Tommy Chua, who took over from Max in 2016. Tommy has been a qualified baker for over ten years.

pie shop interior
Tommy, ready to serve you.

He sells about 100 pies a day and says the plain meat pie is the most popular, which was awarded a gold medal in the Great Aussie Pie Competition in 2018.

Pie award.
Award certificate.

In his window and on a wall in his pie shop, Tommy proudly displays all the awards his pies have won.

award certificates.
Proudly standing by his awards.

In the cold pie display cabinet, I counted twelve different varieties, including Thai red curry chicken pie, steak and potato pie and a steak and mushroom pie.

pie display
Pies for every taste.

Tommy says he still uses Max's recipe, but tweaked slightly to make the pastry a little crisper. "We use good ingredients that are top of the range."

tra of pies.
A tray of freshly baked pies.

You can also have pasties, sausage rolls and quiches. Hot or cold.

tray of sausage rolls
And sausage rolls too.

I also noticed a selection of tarts and cookies, including lemon tarts, jam tarts and my favourite, neenish tarts.

tarts
The range of tarts.

I was a regular consumer of Max's pies in Lilydale, so naturally, a taste test was in order. My taste buds agreed with me that they were still delicious. I purchased two plain meat pies at a cost of $4-20 each. An appropriate price for a pie (4 and 20.) I thought.

pie & sauce
One is good.


Two pies.
Two are better.

It is often said that pies baked in specialty pie shops taste better. It may be an urban myth, but it is true in Max's case.

There are two small steps into Pie Time @ Max's, but you are stepping up to good taste.
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Why? Your taste buds will be satisfied.
When: Monday to Friday 7-30 am to 5-00 pm Saturday 7-30 am. to 2.00 pm.
Phone: 9723-1853
Where: 61 Main Street, Croydon.
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Love these pies!
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