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P8309181Last night I had the privilege of attending the Pie Face pre-opening with a friend of mine. We tasted pie after pie and also met some of the main guys behind it: Julian and Matt. The pastry is amazing and definitely matchable to Australia’s (read our Melbourne: Pie Face blog here), if not better, on home soil. The pies are made fresh at their Mt Wellington factory with top ingredients like 100% NZ Angus Beef. There’s a lot on offer, from savoury to sweet pies, and bagels to croissants as well as cookies and muffins. We thought the savoury won over the sweet. Our favourites of the night were the Steak and Cheese, the Chicken and Mushroom and the Spinach Roll. Prices range from $1.90 to $6.90 for single items. There are also combo deals and catering available. The flagship store is very spacious with more seating towards the back of the restaurant. The interior adopts more of the New York: Pie Face store style and features some funky wall art and hanging bare lightbulbs. They’re now officially open on 18 Shortland Street Auckland Central, and in two weeks will be operating 24 hours. More stores will be rolling out very soon. Hurry in for some flaky, buttery goodness. Go get pie-faced and have some liquid gold (coffee) too while you’re at it. -Kely P8309182-Edit P8309190-Edit P8309187-Edit P8309227-Edit P8309198-EditP8309194 P8309209-Edit Untitled-1 P8309212-Edit P8309207-Edit P8309205 P8309219-Edit P8309233 P8309243 P8309242 P8309245 P8309246-Edit P8309251P8309184Pie Face.
18 Shortland Street, Auckland Central.

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piefaceSo following on from this crazy pie hype going on in the country, I thought it was only apt that we share with you our great Pie Face experience. I always believed we here in New Zealand all had an unexplainable love for pies, be it the apple pie from McDonalds, the Big Ben frozen pies from the supermarket or the gourmet award-wining pies from the standalone stores. Everyone claims to have been brought up with pies, like we see with the Georgie Pie comeback. But oh, we are not alone in this flaky pastry heaven. Aside from the beautiful buildings in the Melbourne CBD, another thing which stood out was that there was a Pie Face on every corner of the street – I kid you not. A lot of the stores we saw were even open 24 hours, the pie love is immensely strong. At first I was a little skeptical, surely all those gold and silver award labelled pies we got here would be better than a chain store. I was wrong. We ordered a Steak and Cheese Pie, a Sausage Roll and Minestrone Soup. Although the latter wasn’t to our liking, the former two were enough to have us reminiscing about Pie Face after returning back to Auckland. The pastry was puffy and crisp with a great buttery flavour. There were chunks of steak and cheese was oozing out of the pie. Now now, don’t get sad that you’ll have to fly four hours over the sea to try some of these happy looking pies, they’re actually opening soon here in New Zealand! (I had no idea too, until I spotted the familiar red face splashed all over a vehicle in Ellerslie after work.) Here’s some photos to give you guys a ‘taste’ of it first, the many faces the pies sport give it the extra happiness – an ‘S’ frown for a ‘S’teak pie! :S. A little side fact: Pie Face was actually started by two fashion designers.pie-store chunkysteakchicken-and-mushrromFACES

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