Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pie In The Sky @ Mount Dandenong

I find myself over the last few days, especially after coming back from a hot and sweaty trip in Brisbane, lamenting and bitching whenever i can about the fact that i will miss Melbourne and it is far superior in every corner of my book; the food, the coffee, the layout of the city, the public transport and the weather. I am surprised that the Wife hasn't shut me up and allowed me to tell the same story to the different people we have been going out with.

While Melbourne has not treated me as well as it should be i.e. did not give me a job, i have to admit that i still fell in love with the place over the course of the two months i was here. The amount of good food and quality restaurants that Melbourne is known for, the coffee culture that is so evident, the nicely flat and squared layout of the CBD, there is the tram for short distance trips and lastly the chilly weather. Give me a jacket to wear anytime than to sweat it out in short pants.

In any case, due to budget restraints (did anyone tell you, never break a lease and how expensive it can be?), i will be back in Melbourne very soon to experience the hatted restaurants that in the end were out of my reach this time around. 

Enough of rambling, i still look forward to settling down in Brisbane and as a consolation, Matt Moran has a restaurant there!

Something more humble for today's post though are the pies we had at Mount Dandenong, awhile ago.

As you can see, its not exactly humble pie, with 11 Gold Medals in their bag. Unfortunately, if you read properly on their menu, their last medal won was in 2003, 7 years ago, a thing of the past?

Literally Pie in the Sky as it is situated up in the Mountain, the place is a bit of a tourist spot with pies and devonshire tea places.

Go through their list of pies and you see that it has a very heavy asian influence, with beef korma, rendang, curry and etc. When it comes to pies, i don't fancy all the funny kinds, my standard will always be a good old, steak pie with kidney or a chicken mushroom pie.

Pies can be eaten in, plain as it is, with a few strands of alfafa. In the end, we had the beef burgundy, the steak and kidney pie and a guinness beef pie.

They also serve their pies with a variety of sides, including the famous pie floater (with pea soup) or the more safer choices of mash and pies or fries. However even if you are desperate for some mash, avoid it all cost. The bite that i took, there was no hint of potato in the mash, it tasted like potato starch cooked with hot water. We looked around and every table had their mash untouched, how thick skin can the chef be?

As you can see, the pies were rather dried out inside as well and if you are up for trying it, order with some brown sauce so its easier to eat. The flavours were alright, the guinness had a hint of stout in the sauce while the other two were more homogeneous.

I have heard so much about it before coming and it looked like a case of past glory and ultimately nothing but a tourist spot. The pastry was alright but i couldn't get through the fact that it was so dry inside and they could serve such horrible mash.

Address and contact details:

Mount Dandenong
43 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda
Olinda, 3788

Tel: 03-97512128

Verdict: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not worth the drive i say but the scenery and the tea (elsewhere) makes up for it and i suppose if you really want to try for yourselves, you can take away at a cheaper price but you can't eat it at their compound. 
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Michelle Chin said...

Ah, tourist spots. Cannot really expect much

minchow said...

What a shame!! I recalled an extremely superior experience here when I was at uni soooo many years ago. Like you said, the glory's probably a thing of the past... like my youth, sniff!

Sean said...

must research which outlet has been winning the gold medals in the past few years! maybe those places would be worth investigating :D

eiling lim said...

oh well, maybe next time you get a better offer at Melbourne and you could move back there again! I also like Melbourne, the quality of life is really good over there.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: yes melb has a very good quality of life.

sean: yes but oh well..

minchow: haha surely not like your youth!

michelle: yeah lor..have to expect nothing really.

Kristy Khai Woon said...

Joe, next time try their korma curry chicken pie. That is my fave :)

I normally take away (frozen), keep in your freezer and heat it up in the oven when ever you are craving for curry!

J said...

Sorry but I find the few measly little alfalfa strands as decoration next to the pie really funny.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: it did amuse us for quite awhile!

kristy: but if craving for curry, go for indian food rite?? why the pie? hehehe =)

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

Try The Cuckoo restaurant next time.
Went there more than 1 year ago and it was pleasant experience.
I'm not saying they have spectecular food offerings but "experience". =)

How's Brissy move coming along?

Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

Ah, I used to go to Pie in the Sky a fair bit, but I have found that their quality has gone downwards in recent years. Oh well. =(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

celeste: looks like i m not the only one to notice.

grace: im coming tmmw!

Precious Pea said...

This is the place I always wanted to go try but i guess i better don't waste my time driving all the way there. Laurent serves pretty decent pie especially Chicken & Leek!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: yeah save ur time!

yzhuhuong said...

hey, new reader here. i'm really excited about you coming to brissy :) do explore more and i'll love to read your experiences(and perhaps explore the food scenes myself more too!) can't wait!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yzhuhuong: u from brissy? well drop me recommendations too!

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

Yay!~ I have one more makan kaki here!~

Recommendation?? =p
According to my local Aussie friend:
Cha Cha Char

My choice: Nudos on Mary St (simply because they have the best Malaysian food (so far). =)

almostalwaysravenous said...

what a shame. and i was told it was pretty good. then again they are semi-commercial pies =P. you shouldve went to Miss Marples instead =).

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

almostalwaysravenous: oh well, nxt time maybe.

grace: yes yes, lunch on monday??