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Published July 15th 2014
A pie heaven in Kangaroo Valley
'For the love of pie' shouts the signboard on top of Southern Pies, a bakery specializing in pies in Kangaroo Valley. Southern Pies is by far is the busiest pie bakery I have visited in quite a while. On a recent day trip to the Valley, we made our way to the bakery for a bite to eat, but after a peek inside we were in two minds whether to walk away or walk in, as there were hardly any seats vacant. The bakery café being the busiest one on that side of the street told us that the food would be good if not great. A pie of some sort was on the agenda for all of us, as it was rather a chilly wintery day. With all in agreement we endured that little wait to be seated and before long we got our wish and were seated inside the warm bakery premises.
Pies in this quaint bakery café come in many flavours and sizes. The chefs at Southern Pies have broken away from tradition and created some extraordinary flavours. Though you can still find one or two of the much loved flavours, such as the steak and mushroom pie and the traditional beef pie, Southern Pies is well known for its variety of unique flavours. These new creations are without a doubt out of this world.
The slow cooked lamb and rosemary pie, which I halved to taste, was an absolute delight, with its melt in the mouth chunks of lamb and that hit of rosemary just enough to compliment the flavours. It was impossible for me to turn away from that butter chicken pie which most definitely had been made with us Indian flavour lovers in mind.
With the greatest difficulty, I held myself from gulping down a few more mouth watering flavours like the curried chicken, the spicy vindaloo and the slow cooked beef and ale but there was no running away for me from that sweet, soft centred pecan pie.
The pies at Southern pie bakery are plenty in size but to make the savoury pie experience even more interesting, not to mention even more filling, you are offered couple of choices of toppings. You can either go with the creamy pea mash, the potato mash, or the gravy. If you are not one who counts calories like a prayer, why not get the works stacked on top, the pea mash, the potato mash and the gravy? No other phrase to describe the stack but heaven on a plate.
The café is not set in a large space but under warmer weather conditions sitting outside would be a better option as you would be able to witness the happenings around the premises or even do some window shopping from a distance.
The interior deco at the Southern is as unique as their pies, the wall of pie dishes being the highlight that catches every patron's eyes. The ambiance inside is warm and welcoming, not to mention the sweetness of the staff behind the counter. The beauty of it is this pie café is open everyday from 6.30am to 5pm and on weekends from 9am to 5pm.