Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Pie Thing @ Damansara Uptown

Trend-watchers, take note: Pies have transformed into one of the Klang Valley's must-eat temptations for 2014. Customers seeking a slice of the hot new thing to hit town are certain to throng A Pie Thing, which opens in Damansara Utama this week, coincidentally on the same month as The Humble Pie Co's launch in PJ's Section 17.

It's not too challenging to spot A Pie Thing's eye-catching signboard beckoning to motorists on the LDP. Step inside & survey shelves of freshly baked pastry pleasures _ both savoury & sweet _ prepared by a trio of twentysomethings, Taylor's University alumni Alex, Chrissane & Irene (with indispensable help from their friends).

For now, A Pie Thing opens 4pm-11pm, Tuesdays through Sundays; come early, since scarcely 60 pies are served every evening (A Pie Thing expects to expand its hours & selection eventually). Leonidas Belgian chocolates are also available.

We're fans of A Pie Thing's savoury selection, stuffed with the likes of beef, chicken, lamb, or even chili con carne with cheese or spinach with assorted veggies. The kitchen constructs its creations with shortcrust pastry, prudently shunning puff pastries.

What makes these pies extra-delicious is how they're served, with hot, hearty & creamy toppings of mashed potatoes & peas & gravy, turning each portion into unabashed, unavoidable comfort food that'll clog your social network feed for some time to come. These are named 'The Mashacre,' costing RM17.90 nett for one pie with a beverage.

The lamb's convincingly tender, the chili con carne works well & even the spinach is surprisingly satisfying, all making for a mouthwatering mess. A Pie Thing is nonetheless still fine-tuning these recipes (some could use an added dimension of flavour) & expects to experiment with sourdough & herb-tinged crusts eventually.

The sweet pies are interesting too, with a subtly more sugary crust & varieties that range from a warm S'mores-inspired one with Belgian chocolate & roasted marshmallows ...

... to another with cream cheese & green tea (the filling could be fluffier _ a matter of preference, since some patrons might enjoy this one's denseness), as well as apple crumble & lemon curd pies (the former can be served with vanilla ice cream) ...

... plus one with a near-molten centre that showcases the increasingly ubiquitous Nutella. Each dessert pie is RM9.90.

A Pie Thing serves coffee (espresso at RM5, latte for double that), but the outlet's true highlight lies in what its name promises.

A Pie Thing
128G, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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33 comments:

  1. Wow, another interesting place to visit! I like pies! be it savory or sweet!

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's great to have a pie-dedicated place that puts a lot of work into its range :)

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  2. A very cool place, Sean, the name is catchy, and the sign looks like a theater sign! :)

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    1. Linda: you're absolutely right, it's like a marquee attraction! :D

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  3. Never a fan of pies cos of the grease but these look very well made! :)

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    1. Rebecca: true, true, these pies here are not greasy at all :D

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  4. I love pies! The savoury ones, please...

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    1. Suituapui: i'll share a few savoury ones with you :D

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  5. There's a huge attraction with pies. They're perfect take away.

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    1. The Yum List: true, if the folks at A Pie Thing play their cards right, they could be a sizeable hit :D

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  6. Mmm, I like sweet and/or savoury pies (but weirdly, never the fruit pies that Americans love so much)... ! I remember the previous occupant of that lot - Kenny's King Crab or something like that :P

    The s'more pie is so tempting, mostly because I miss French Silk pie but I can't be arsed to make it myself :P

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    1. SC: sounds like you really know your pies! i think it's worth dropping by here some evening and testing these pies out to see if they fit what you're looking for :)

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  7. no pies of the porcine variety ah?

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    1. Fatboybakes: malangnya, no, cannot pig out here, heh :)

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  8. is this place halal?

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    1. Dayana: they might not have official halal certification, but they're pork-free and don't serve liquor :)

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  9. No alcohol is served. All chicken, lamb and beef are obtained from Halal distributors.

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    1. Belyn: thanks for the confirmation

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    2. thanks belyn and sean!

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  10. is this pie thing gonna be like donut few years ago? I can get used to it

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    1. KY: pies might have more long-lasting popularity, i hope! and hopefully the pie cafes that open will be consistently good ones :D

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  11. The sweet version look tasty!

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    1. Choi Yen: hope you manage to check out A Pie Thing :D

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  12. Great idea to have mash on the pie, looks so good

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, i wasn't expecting that, so it was a delicious surprise :)

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  13. The pies looks good, both the sweet and savory one, I want to try both! :D

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    1. CK: hope you get to try these pies the next time you're back in KL ... this place can walk from ecole p, heheh :)

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  14. Now you can't beat a good pie :) let's hope this is the new craze after the endless burger joints

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    1. YouhadYourLunch: i'm definitely looking forward to seeing how KL's culinary entrepreneurs work their creative magic on pies :D

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  16. Oh my, that looks so good! I wonder do they have Shepherd's pie.. That's my fav!

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