Few can resist the soul-warming pleasure of a comforting home-made pie, especially in winter. One half of the puzzle is the piping-hot filling, whether classic roast chicken, steak, rich duck with cherry gravy or spicy curry; the other is the casing of golden, buttery pastry. Pair your pie with something starchy and a glass of red, and your hearty meal is complete. Here are five spots to find kick-ass golden pies in the Cape winelands and surrounds.
The duck-and-cherry pie at this cosy winelands restaurant is legendary. Made famous in the Joburg restaurant, Gatrile’s, this pie boasts a harmonious combination of tart black cherries, rich roasted duck meat, boozy port sauce and a melting puff pastry. The piping hot dish is yours for R165.
This charming road-trip must-stop is on the way into the Overberg and offers glorious home-made pie classics like pepper steak, steak and mushroom, plain steak, chicken, chicken and mushroom, ham and cheese, and spinach and feta. There’s also a warmly spiced bobotie pie that’s deliciously comforting. Pies go for R25 each. Also important: There’s an adorable ginger cat that greets customers from his farm-stall basket.
Using the famous Riviersonderend recipe, these pies – with flaky shortcrust pastry – have become somewhat legendary around the Cape. Fillings might include pepper steak, steak and kidney, coriander chicken, mutton, springbok, ham and cheese, spinach and feta, beef sausage roll, and bobotie. Order a side to accompany your pie, such as roasted vegetables, salad or golden chips. Pie prices range from R25 to R29. Add chips or greens as an optional extra.
This Italian bakery offers a range of shortcrust-pastry pies packed with rich and intense flavours. The pot pies come in varying sizes – even a 550g family portion for take-home dinners. Filling options include lamb curry with butternut; Italian melanzane with aubergine, zucchini and mozzarella; pasture-fed pork; chicken, leek and bacon; slow-cooked stout springbok with drunken prunes and Cape Ruby port; and steak and milk stout with caramelised onions. The prices of the 170g hand-held pies vary from R13.90 to R20.80.
This well-known gem has become famous for serving generous home-made pies filled with robust flavours like springbok, chicken, chicken and mushroom, plain steak, pepper steak, steak and kidney, bacon and cheese, curried mince, and spinach and feta. Made on site, all are rich and packed with filling, and can be topped with gravy for an extra R5. They come with chips or a side salad for R54. (Takeaway pies range from R22.50 to R30).