I noticed this newly opened shop in Queensbay Mall a year or two ago. It seemed like a shop that specializes in pies. Naturally, I was intrigued. I wanted to go try it out.
So one time, I went near the shop. But then I noticed the pies on their shelves. They looked rather… uninspiring. In fact, at that time, I thought: “Yerrr! Specialty pie shop that sells something that look like those frozen pies.”
I did not go in. In fact, I gave up on this pie shop altogether. I think many people did too. A few months ago, that pie shop closed operations in Queensbay Mall. I thought they went bust, but no… they opened another outlet in Karpal Singh Drive.
So… it so happened that I was in that area for my weekend walks yesterday morning, and I wanted to grab breakfast. Most of the restaurants in that area were not open yet. McD was open (naturally), and this pie shop was open too.
A quick peek inside, and I was shocked to see many of their tables occupied!
Huh… so many people, must be good? Maybe I had been too quick to judge
the book their pies by the cover previously?
Feeling confident, I finally stepped into Pie Harbour for the first time in my life.
This Pie Harbour is basically a cafe. They sell coffee and juices, and of course pies and sandwiches. It felt a bit Starbuck-ish, where you order and pay at the counter. Just behind the counter is where all the coffee actions take place. And you get to see the pies and sandwiches available for choosing. One difference is that they will serve you your food, instead of having to wait for it at the counter.
They have a bunch of different pies. I mean pies with different fillings. I didn’t pay attention to the sandwiches. The pies are all priced the same, at RM 9.90. You can also order a set meal, at RM 16.90 you get a pie, a side salad, mashed potato, and a fruit juice. And then there is also the option of paying a bit more to upgrade from juice to different types of coffee.
Since I am giving this place a chance, might as well try a bit of everything, right? So I went for a Chicken and Mushroom Pie set, and I upgraded to a Cappuccino for RM 3.50 extra.
How was it? Well… here’s what the entire set looks like. RM 20.40 for these… good thing is that price is inclusive of GST and there’s no service charge.
Okay, I cheated. I got the cappuccino first and had a sip, so the coffee looks ugly in the picture above.
This is how the coffee looks like when served…
I thought it was good. But then, I’m not really a gourmet coffee person. I’m more of a Nescafe and Kopi O person. You’d do well to NOT trust my verdict on something like a cappuccino…
What about the pie?
Well… okay, let’s be fair. I was wrong. This isn’t like like those frozen pies that you get from the supermarkets.
And, again, let’s be fair. The pie is sold at RM 9.90 ala carte. You would do well NOT to expect a hotel/Irish pub quality pie. I thought my Chicken and Mushroom Pie tasted like… you guys from KL know King’s Confectionery right? Remember their chicken pies that was sold at RM 2.20 a pop a few years ago (not sure the current price)? This pie tastes exactly like a King’s chicken pie. Which is not to say it is not good. I loved King’s chicken pies to be honest.
And the size is probably two, maybe two and a half of a King’s chicken pie. So I guess RM 9.90 is a good price for the pies here. And RM 20.40 for a pie with two side dishes and a cappuccino… yeah, good price!
I think… I’m glad I gave this Pie Harbour a chance. It is not as bad as I thought. Decent place to have breakfast or brunch.
Will I come back for more? Well… 🙄