From gourmet fish pies to traditional Greek Spanakopita, we’ve rounded up Sydney restaurants that serve delicious share style pies on their dine-in menu.
Winter has officially arrived and so has our craving for hearty dishes that are served with a side of steam. Sydney chefs are frantically changing their menus to showcase the best of the season and what we’re seeing more of is share style gourmet pies available on dine-in menus. Sure, Sydney has always been famed for its delicious bakery-style pies but never pies served in the middle of the table at finer dining restaurants. These are no ordinary pies and the abundance of flavour and the incredible produce that chefs have been able to encase inside perfectly golden pastry is drool-worthy. For those days when you’re craving a top-notch red and something to warm you from the inside out, here are the best share style gourmet pies to order at restaurants across Sydney and beyond.
Bellevue Cottage, Glebe
This charming restaurant in the heart of Sydney’s Backwattle Bay is low key serving up the best fish pie in Sydney. Head Chef Antoine Moscovitz’ has managed to craft a delicious cottage pie combining premium seafood with an abundance of flavours. This pie brings a touch of nostalgia to his French-style menu and is the perfect menu addition to warm up the locals this Winter. Wedge a knife into the light and perfectly golden pastry and watch as generous John Dory and Barramundi pieces ooze out, along with a juicy prawn broth. With aromas of ginger and leak hitting your nose from the moment the pie hits the table, it’s almost impossible to stop at one piece. She’s not cheap at $60 a pop, but in our opinion, she’s worth every penny. The pie is occasionally available on the dine-in menu but can be ordered from the restaurant as take away. Find out more here
Alpha Restaurant, Hyde Park
Sydney’s favourite Greek restaurant has reopened its doors with a renovation boasting white interiors, long wooden tables designed to gather families and friends, exposed brick walls and pillars, and a backdrop of greek words that take you straight to Greece. Much to Sydneysiders relief, the famous Alpha Spanakopita is still on the menu. With the perfect ratios of fresh spinach, creamy feta and buttery pastry, you have Sydney’s best Spanakopita. With every bite, you feel more and more at home and you start to realise the true meaning of soul food. The best part? The friendly staff encourage you to take home what you can’t finish. At just $28, we would recommend always ordering this dish when you visit. Find out more here
Brown Sugar, Bondi
The only good thing about Winter is that truffle is in its prime and we can expect it to pop up on menus across Sydney. The prices are usually quite hefty, but not Brown Sugar’s iconic fish and truffle pie at just $38 a serve. The restaurant has been a local Bondi favourite for over 10 years and it’s clear there is no dish they can do wrong. Their fish and truffle pie served with creamy Paris mash is the perfect example of this. From the moment it’s placed on the table, you can’t help but notice the perfectly golden pastry folding over the sides of the baking dish. It’s almost impossible to cut a clean slice with chunks of fish and fragrant leek falling out of each piece (this is a good sign). Gluten-free? Don’t worry, these guys can make your pie dreams come true too. Find out more here
Located on Glebe Point Road, you might have noticed a new fancy pants restaurant open its doors. Co-owned by Wendy Beckett and chef Jeff Schroeter, Beckett’s Bar & Dining is the exciting new bistro and bar serving all things French. The menu showcases a range of French ingredients and culinary techniques, but the star of the show is the escargot en cocotte (stage name for snail pie). The snails are baked with garlic butter, rich tomato and spinach, and the pie is finished with a perfect puff pastry lid. At just $22 a pie, french cuisine doesn’t get much better or cheaper. Find out more here
Rick Stein at Bannisters, Port Stephens & Mollymook
These restaurants are not in Sydney, but we couldn’t possibly round up the best gourmet share pies without mentioning Rick Stein’s famous fish pie. Always a crowd-pleaser and straight off the Bannisters menu, Rick sure knows how to make a delicious fish pie. Should you be holidaying within NSW, head north for about 3 hours and you’ll find Bannisters Port Stevens. Head south for about 3 and a half hours and you’ll find Bannisters Mollymook. You might be thinking, why would we mention a fish pie so far away? But people, know this fish pie is well worth basing your next holiday destination off.
It’s easy to see why the South Coast is famed for its seafood with the abundance of fresh fish and shellfish jam-packed into this pie. The seafood is bathed in a creamy veloute sauce with black truffle for the ultimate luxury. It’s then topped with golden gratinated breadcrumbs and parmesan for the perfect crispy top. It does not look like your typical pie, but we can bet that it’s the best pie in NSW. The menu changes seasonally, so if you’re travelling for the fish pie, we suggest checking it’s on the menu first. It is also available upon request of booking. Find out more here
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