The first time I tried Pie society was years ago when they had a Popup somewhere at a hipster place. I remember liking it. When I saw them actually open in Jingan, I had to try it.
Went there for Sunday brunch and it was pretty crowded. We were lucky enough to get the last empty table. I had a Chicken pie with classic mash potato and onion gravy (RMB 70), and my boyfriend got a classic English breakfast (RMB 88). The pie was creamy with chicken and wine sauce. The pastry was on the dry side, but tolerable with the fillings. The part I didn’t like about the dish was the onion sauce. It looked transparent and didn’t taste rich like a gravy should be, and since the pie was soaked fully in the sauce, I didn’t finish it. The full English breakfast was tasty, especially the well-cooked mushroom and the super crispy hash brown. Both meals came with a sufficient portion and will make you feel pretty heavy afterwards.
The ambience was nice and clean. Black and white theme with wood elements and cute lights hanging on each table. It’s modern yet cozy. Perfect for a day like this. I can’t say the restaurant is not good, but can’t say it’s good as well. Perhaps it’s just not my cup of tea, but I guess it's pretty legit for a English pie in Shanghai.
Craving for some comfort winter food I decided to head for Pie Society on a Saturday lunch. Went there with a friend and our dogs. There aren’t many pet friendly places in Shanghai so I really value the possibility of taking my dog for a meal out. The Jing An location is bigger than the original and the vibe is quite tranquil and relaxed, inviting you to stay for a coffee after eating.
There is a Christmas Lunch menu that is really good for 108RMB (includes: pie, side, graving, stuffing ball, pudding and tea or coffee). I had the cheese beef pie but my friend had the special season one with turkey, cranberries jam and cinnamon. Both were delicious, crunchy and savory pastry and tasty stuffing. I suggest choosing the combo option which comes with gravy and a choice –or two- of a side. The Christmas gingerbread pudding was our favorite.
This is not my first time in pie society, every time I want some quiet and simple - but tasty- lunch I come here. The breakfast options are amazing as well. Give it a try!
I made the great trek north across both Yan An and Beijing Lu, to dine at “The Pie Society’s” outpost on Shaanxi Bei Lu in Jing’an, and those that know me, will understand the undertaking I took to get there.
Being a lad from the east end of London, I grew up eating Pie, Mash & Liquor and have to say that the selection of pies that Jane Siesta and her team produce at The Pie Society has been one of constant consistency, from the early days of the “pop up venues” to the first store on Xingfu Lu and to Shaanxi Bei Lu outlet, all the pies are made with fresh ingredients and baked onsite.
I can’t fault the pies on offer, from the texture of the pastry to the various fillings, along with the festive pies that they produce as well, and must have been through the menu several times over, not on this occasion though, just your humble chicken curry pie, mash and mushy peas, finished off with a Guinness, for a bit of midweek comfort food.
Really value for money.
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