Pies are one of the most underrated baked goods out there, yet universally satisfying. We’ve gone on a mission to find Gauteng’s flakiest, meatiest, and most scrumptious of these pastry packages of goodness.
This spot is known as the ‘home of the chicken pie’ for good reason. From the farm shop emerge hot pies made with farm-fresh ingredients. They stuff as much filling as possible into the traditional golden crust and, in addition to the iconic chicken pie, have options like steak and kidney, mince, and spinach and feta. Relax in the sun and enjoy it with a choice of tasty accompaniments, or grab some to go.
This well-loved spot for pretty baked treats has a humble (in looks, anyway) pie on offer. The chicken pies fly out of the kitchen, but the beef is also a popular choice. Accompanied by a simply dressed side salad, they go for R35 each. Got a crowd coming over? You can also order a big-dish chicken-and-mushroom pie for R750, which will serve six to eight people.
Expect homemade and tasty food at this cosy spot. The freshly baked pies here are seriously good and come served with a fresh mixed herb salad or new potatoes and veggies. The shortcrust pies are packed with juicy chicken or tender steak, and come in 130g or 240g sizes.
At the Parkhurst branch of Vovo Telo you’ll find a delicious freshly baked pie of the day served with mash and gravy (or a side salad, if you’re feeling virtuous). Past flavours include chicken and mushroom, beef bredie, and lamb and mince. Get yours for just R69.
While this restaurant doesn’t do pies the way you’d expect them to be done, these smoky brisket vol-au-vents are well worth trying. The crisp puff pastry baskets are filled with smoked pulled beef brisket and slathered with a homemade Bordelaise sauce so tasty, you’d be forgiven for ordering a second helping. It can be enjoyed as an appetiser or as an unforgettable light meal for R65.
If you’re looking to feed more than one, Carlton Café – known for its excellent home bakes – has a magnificent family-sized homemade pie. The succulent shredded roast chicken pie feeds two to four people for R150, and the stewed venison pie also feeds two to four for R205. Whip up a salad or some creamy mashed potatoes and pop this ready-made buttery beauty into the oven. It’ll be as good as a wholesome home-cooked meal. We won’t tell if you don’t.
This is by far a Pretoria favourite. The Deli, situated in Duncan Yard, is renowned for the scrumptious chef’s table filled with all sorts of delicious sweet and savoury tarts, cakes and pies. Their irresistible pies, featured on the new a la carte menu, are high on the list for what makes this everyone’s favourite part of busy city weekdays. Try the most famous offering, the lamb pie. It’s an absolute treat served with a fresh side salad, making for possibly the best R70 you’ll spend this week. If you’re feeling like something different, give the Thai green curry pie a try. It’s served piping hot and encased in a flaky, buttery puff pastry.
This quaint little restaurant tucked away in the heart of Waterkloof Glen has a secret. These could easily be the greatest pies in all of Pretoria! Freshly baked with homemade puff pastry, the BBQ pulled pork pie (R50, or R65 with chips or a side salad) is something special and, like all the best pies, it’s packed with filling. Add an extra R8 for some homemade aioli or chilli for your chips. The roast chicken, butternut and feta pie is also delicious and a whole meal in one incredible pie. Also for R50, it comes crammed with pieces of tender roast chicken, sweet roasted butternut, creamy feta and grilled onions.
Varsity Bakery is well loved for its many years of waking up at the crack of dawn to bake and deliver fresh bakes to cafés and restaurants all over the city. They’ve also been known to feed students in the area, and their prices are perfectly suited for the student budget. One of their awesome bakes – and the reason so many workers and students in the busy Lynnwood area are queuing up – is the scrumptious pulled lamb and mint pie for R21. It’s the perfect lunchtime treat. Also try the smoky ham-and-cheese pie for R20. It’s absolutely delicious, making for simple comfort food.
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