It was by sheer accident that I stumbled upon the wonderfulness that is Australian chain Pie face. I was on my way to Power Plant when I took the wrong set of stairs and had to exit using exit 1 or 8. As it’s not possible to double back, I cursed my bad luck knowing I would now have to try and cross the road, but as I walked past the row of shops, shining like a beacon in front of me was Pie face! I immediately crossed the street to investigate if it was the same chain of stores that I had grown to love down under.
In Australia Pie face is a chain of stores selling, not surprisingly, meat pies with little faces on them. Almost every Sunday my housemates and I would go to the store around the corner and order a pie with double mash and gravy. So when I saw it on the street I was filled with reminiscent delight.
Just like back in OZ, the pies come in two sizes, and are adorned with little faces. Unfortunately they do not offer mash and gravy on the side, just the pies. But since beggars can’t be choosers, I’ll take what I can get. I decided to get a large Chunky Steak (6,300) and a large Chicken & Mushroom Pie (5,600) to go as I was already on my way to dinner at Power Plant.
When I got home later that night I warmed my pies up in the oven, and overall I was pretty impressed. The chunky steak filling was excellent. Tender chunks of steak in a rich savoury gravy. They were just like back in OZ, and not a hint of sweetness. However the pastry while nice and flaky, wasn’t quite as amazing as the stuff at Little Pie. Although the fact I had bought them 6 hours before might have had a little something to do with it. I would need to go back and try one in store to give them a fairer hearing.
The chicken and mushroom pie was also delicious. Again there was a nice balance between the chicken and the mushroom and a thick almost jelly like gravy. It doesn’t look pretty but it tasted amazing, the fillings are by far and away the best I’ve had in Seoul. I’ll certainly be hitting them up again next time I am in Gwanghwamun.
It’s amazing how in a few short weeks pastry delights are popping up in Seoul like wildfire. First I discovered Da Korner and Little Pie, and now Pie Face. If this is a glimpse of what’s to come then I am very very excited. Pastry is practically a required food group in the Winter months so I’m ecstatic to have so many options available to me.
Pie face is located at 147-3 Doryeom dong, Jong-ro gu, Seoul. (종로구 도렴동 147-3, Seoul) To get there take a train to Gwanghwamun station (line 5) and come out of exit 8 and turn back on yourself. Walk straight and you will see Pie face just up ahead on the right on the other side of the road. For more information you can call them on 02-739-1577 or check out their facebook page.