When you find yourself going to the same place twice in the same week, chances are it really is something worth talking about. Pieminister has fast become one of my favourite places to call in to over the past couple of weeks, and like I said twice in just a week means it’s got to be pretty good, hasn’t it?
Located about half way up Bold St, Pieminister has slotted in perfectly, offering up better than match day pies and some seriously scrumptious side dishes. With the nights getting darker and hella colder, it’s time we feasted on some pure comfort food, and who isn’t comforted by the pastry goodness of a hearty pie? Oh, it warms you right to the bones!
Pieminister has my kind of menu, plenty on offer but not too over whelming, it’s pretty concise and to the pie-point! They have both meat, vegetarian, vegan and fish options, with a variety of sides and meal deals on offer. Our first time in was a Sunday, so of course, I had to go for their Sunday best, a pie of your choice, served up with a yorkshire pudding, mash potatoes, carrot, swede, stuffing balls, baby potatoes, and a big boat of gravy. If you go for the ‘meat’ version, you’ll also get pigs in blanket and pork crackling.
We popped in around 5.30pm on the Sunday and it was busy. We managed to grab a table but the wait staff seemed few, far between and rushed off their feet. It took a while but I’m not one to complain, we weren’t in any kind of rush. I’d had my eye on the wild shroom pie since eyeballing the menu online, a wild mushroom and asparagus pie in a creamy white wine sauce, how good does that sound?
I can’t deny it, the pie was good, really good. After an afternoon out in the cold, it was just what I needed. The pie was huge, stuffed to the brim and every forkful was full of filling and flavour. The only thing I wasn’t super keen on was the yorkshire pud, sacrilege some might say, but it was just a bit too soggy for my liking. But all the other sides were great, especially the stuffing - something I’m not usually a big fan of! The food was piping hot and tasty to a point where I didn’t want it to end. The portions are huge here, so make sure you’ve got your big pants on!
And when I say huge, I mean gastronomical! I found myself back in the land of Pies exactly a week later, popping in closer to 6pm on the following Sunday and it was empty. Like pin-drop silent. Can I explain this? Nope. Am I complaining? Nope! Thinking I wasn’t all that hungry this time around, I thought I was picking a lighter option…HA. There are no lighter options!
I went for the saag pie-neer, paneer, potato, spinach, pea, chilli and mango pie. If I thought the wild shroom was full of flavour, it had nothing on this! The paneer was delicious and there was a really good heat to it too, nothing that’ll blow your head off, but, a cheeky little kick in the after taste-buds. For sides, I went for the cauli-gosh loaded fries - skinny fries topped with crispy spiced cauliflower , curry sauce, pickles and sriracha. Talk about a match made in pie heaven! Curry curry everywhere, put it all in my mouth! I bloody struggled getting through this mountain of food, I felt like I was on my own episode of Man vs food and the struggle was real. It all tasted so good, I know I made myself feel sick by trying to clear the plate, but I didn’t want to leave a crust behind! Yeah, it was that good!
Suffice to say, my stretchy pants were at breaking point on both occasions, so dessert had to be left behind - I swear, the older I get the less I seem to be able to eat (and drink!). But I did see some come out for the table beside us and damn, they looked good! Here’s hoping I manage to save some room next time to try them out.
If you’re looking for comfy, cosy, comfort food, you really can’t beat a trip to Pieminister. I’ve got a feeling they change up there menu every now and then too, so I can’t wait to see what delights come up next!
What’s your go-to comfort food?
Until next time,