The Forum, at St Leonards station, that's where(fore)! Romeo's Pie Café, that is.
Nestled amidst the hurrying and hubbub of one of Sydney's busier thoroughfares, Romeo's Pie Café has been serving up delectable luncheons for as long as I've been working in the area, and no doubt longer.
Whether it's a spicy Mexican, a humble shepherds', or the good ol' pepper steak, you really cannot go wrong. The pastry is light, the meat is fresh, and it's not completely drowned out in the oily drippings of last weeks deep-fryer, as is the case with many a lesser pie place.
Everything at Romeo's is made on the premises with love and dedication, from pies and pastys through to chips and cheesecake. Now, these last two items deserve special attention, for it is not just the pies that are worth coming for. The chips, my lord are the chips incredible. Crunchy outside, fluffy inside. Sounds simple, huh? Yeah, but how many places get it this perfect. And the cheesecake? Mrs Romeo makes them herself, and it is quite common for the entire cake to be snatched up by a single customer before it even gets a chance to be sliced up. But if you're lucky enough to get a piece, you will write home about it.
Oh, and they also happen to sell Krispy Kreme donuts.
A Pie Café' you say? Can it truly represent a perfect melding of the French hedonism and Australian utilitarianism?