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Aussie Meat/Seafood Pies In Los Angeles?

Max Jun 15, 2006 01:44 AM

I lived in Sydney, Australia for a few months and one of the most amazing dishes I had was the assortment of their meat and seafood pies.

One of the best was a chain called Shakespeare's Pies. They serve a variety of small hand size pies with a myriad of fillings.

Indian tandoori spices, Thai, traditional English meat pies, seafood with creamy white sauce and scallops, shrimp and white fish, BBQ chicken, traditional mash & peas and on and on.

I'm well aware of Dupar's in Studio City and Farmer's Market - but as far as I know - they only serve a traditional beef pie. It's very good, but still not the same thing as I had in Australia.

I'm not talking about traditional chicken pot pie either.

I can't find anything in LA like what they have Down Under. I wish to crazy that someone would either create something similar here or if they have, could you let me know where they're located in the LA area?

It's a truly incredible high quality savory fast food experience and we're missing out here in the USA.

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    JBC RE: Max Jun 15, 2006 08:25 AM

    That same question was asked a short while ago, click the link below.

    There is "only" one Australian restaurant that's come to light in the L.A. Uberopolus, excluding Outback Steakhouses, and that is:

    Wallaby's Australian Pub & Grub
    (714) 558-9398


    The web site didn't come up this morning, maybe someone forgot to pay their web hosting fee or something? But, it looks more like an American adaptation with expansion ideas. Authentic?

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      SpongeBobSquarePegs RE: JBC Jun 15, 2006 08:36 AM

      This place in Tustin is about Australian as Outback Steakhouse.

      Whole Foods used to carry these frozen meat pies called AussieRoos that were not bad but I believe the company is out of business now.

      This closest you can come to real aussie meat pies here in LA is going to british places like Tudor House in Santa Monica and having the brit version.

      Alas, I will think of you next week when I am in Sydney downing various meat pies and lamingtons. :-)

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        JBC RE: SpongeBobSquarePegs Jun 15, 2006 09:26 AM

        Yes, that Tustin place sure looks like a Outhouse Steakhouse wannabe. But, if one is happy with a frozen pie, than one can get the real thing overnighted from Brooklyn at the Down Under Bakery (DUB). See link:

        Link: http://www.dubpies.com/pieflavour.html

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          JBC RE: JBC Apr 17, 2009 01:07 PM

          That link I posted almost 3 years ago to DUB isn't working.

          However, Bondi (Australian) BBQ in Venice has a daily meat pie included in their Aussie Lunch. An authentic rendition ?


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            Servorg RE: JBC May 2, 2009 12:53 PM


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              DrBruin RE: Servorg May 6, 2010 09:41 AM

              I read this the other day on the LA Times website.


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      Dustin RE: Max Jun 16, 2006 06:46 PM

      There is a new restaurant with savory personal pies made with puff pastry with all sorts of fillings. It's called The Cravery and the one by me is near the Wal Mart on 190th and Normandie which is near the intersection of the 110 and the 405.

      The pies are excellent, but rich. Salad, free WiFi, great coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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        michelle99 RE: Max Sep 26, 2007 04:38 PM

        The Village Idiot is a new gastro pub (on Melrose I think) that has 2 killer aussie pies on their menu (I'm Australian, so you can trust me - they're the real deal)

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          drgreg RE: michelle99 Sep 26, 2007 07:43 PM

          Good to know, Michelle - another Australian here!

          I got excited when I read that Portos had meat pies... they were good, but not like in Australia. I always preferred chicken pies (Harry's Cafe de Wheels chicken and mushroom - yum!!) and some good chicken pot pies are a worthy substitute.

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            CC318 RE: michelle99 Mar 31, 2010 08:56 AM

            Hi Michelle. Would you know where (store, bar or restaurant) that has Australian beer like Victoria Bitter?

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              TailbackU RE: CC318 May 5, 2010 11:00 AM

              Bevmo carries Aussie beers like VB and Tooey's New.

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                bulavinaka RE: TailbackU May 6, 2010 01:11 PM

                Bevmo carries VB? I thought there was no distribution of this beer in the States? That would be great news and just in time for summer...

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            dmax RE: Max Nov 15, 2008 05:55 PM

            I still have not been able to find anything in Los Angeles that resembles this place in Sydney, Australia http://www.jesters.com.au/pies.php

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              michelle99 RE: dmax Apr 17, 2009 11:11 AM

              Jesters and Shakespears are the same - they changed names.

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                Simchow RE: dmax Nov 28, 2011 05:56 PM

                I was involved with the launch of Jesters on the Agency side and love their pies. These are Jaffle pies and made in a Jaffle maker much the same as a toasted sandwich maker.
                Not a true Aussie pie but very yummy all the same.

                I'm missing Aussie sausage rolls here in L.A. and would even be happy with the frozen variety with plenty of sauce. We had sausage rolls at 'Cat & the Fiddle' and also 'Ye Olde Kings Head' served as appetisers...

                I just want to pop into a bakery and get one in a paper bag charged full of tomato sauce.

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                simtal RE: Max Jan 3, 2009 12:43 PM

                For IMPORTED Australian Four and Twenty Meat Pies and Sausage Rolls call 818 667 9434

                This is the local SOCAL Sales office and can get you whatever you like.

                1. Normal Garciaparra RE: Max Mar 30, 2009 12:53 AM

                  Mojo Pies has a cafe in Redondo Beach that sells Aussie-style meat pies. I just got back from Sydney on Friday and I'm hankerin for some!

                  Mojo Pies & Coffee House
                  420 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                    SC_Chef RE: Normal Garciaparra May 5, 2010 10:57 AM

                    Mojo Pies on PCH in Redondo Beach has closed. Their pies were made in Scottsdale, and according to the website, they ceased making pies for the American market, but hope to return. The location now sells "designer pebbles".


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                    JBC RE: Max May 2, 2009 11:29 AM

                    Ye Olde KIngs Head - Santa Monica - go to their web site and:

                    Click on "Shoppe" on left hand column, then pass cursor over "Austalian/New Zealand" and you'll see meat pies.


                    1. mollyomormon RE: Max May 6, 2010 01:15 PM

                      I think they may serve these at the Village Idiot:

                      Village Idiot
                      7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                        Norm Man RE: Max May 6, 2010 01:33 PM

                        Miles Clements of the LA Times just reviewed Nosh Cafe in San Pedro and its Aussie Meat Pies:


                        Nosh Cafe
                        617 S. Centre St
                        San Pedro
                        (310) 514-1121

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                          intenseboat RE: Max Jan 2, 2011 01:16 PM

                          Does anyone know where I can get Australian fruits in LA? Such as riberries, green plums, finger limes, etc?

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                            mollyomormon RE: intenseboat Jan 2, 2011 08:58 PM

                            You can get finger limes from Shanely Farms at the Wednesday Santa Monica famers' market. Not sure about the other fruits, though.

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                              intenseboat RE: mollyomormon Jan 5, 2011 02:50 PM

                              ooh thanks!

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                            gastronomaly RE: Max Nov 30, 2011 11:24 AM

                            The original post is old and from 2006 but since someone else recently dug it up and replied, I guess I will add to it.
                            High Tea Cottage in Woodland Hills has meat pies from Australia. You can take them home frozen too. I don't have much experience with meat pies but my wife and I like these a lot.

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