While on my way back from Scandilicious (I’ve been a bit busy over the past several days and have accumulated a small backlog of places that I still need to review), I stopped by the Pie Shoppe. The latter is a cute cafe/bakery located on Powell, near the end of Victoria Drive that, as the name suggests, specializes in pies. They serve both whole versions, as well as single slices, the flavours of which rotate daily. During my visit, I sampled their Salted Honey, Earl Grey Custard, and Pie Gem (Sour Cherry).
Pie Gem ($4):
This is basically a small tart and comes in a rotating variety of flavours; the one I got during my visit was sour cherry. The pie crust was quite crispy and relatively flaky, albeit not very flavourful (I would have preferred a bit of salt). The filling was quite thick, and contained large pieces of cherries, but I unfortunately found it to be a bit bland and lacking in sweetness or tartness.
Earl Grey Custard Pie Slice ($7):
The filling was thick and creamy, with a fragrant but not overpowering flavour of Earl grey. It was bruleed at the top and contained small pieces of sugar, which lent a nice bit of crunch and sweetness. I did find the crust around the edges to be a bit too thick and tough.
Salted Honey Pie Slice ($7):
Again, I was not the biggest fan of the crust, which I found to be too thick, even though here it was a bit more browned and flakier. The filling had a wonderful fragrance of honey. It was quite sweet, and paired well with the salt sprinkled on top.
Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the crusts at the Pie Shoppe, I quite enjoyed their fillings. I personally found their prices to be a bit on the higher side, but I think they are worth it due to the quality of their ingredients. Overall, I quite like this place, and I think that it’s definitely worth paying a trip to if you like pies.