Pacific Pie Company opened their second outpost (the first is in SE near Distillery Row) this week on NW 23rd and Savier. I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Pre-opening media soiree on Tuesday night, which as expected included a constantly refilling buffet of various pies, pasties, and samosas.
And if for some reason, a meal encased in a delicious layer of buttery crust isn’t your thing, there were also Moroccan meatballs, crudites and a series of fantastic craft cocktails to sample.
Soooo, let’s get to the food! Pacific Pie is open for both lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour spanning from 3-6 PM and includes a full menu of snacks, soups, salads, pies, sandwiches and “Aussie Favourites” such as Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash and Tuna Mornay. It’s the perfect spot for a casual bite to eat- especially if you’re looking for something warm and hearty to satiate you this winter.
Everything was delicious, especially considering the near subzero temperatures outside. My personal favourites were predictably (or should I say stereotypically) the lamb meatballs and the curried samosa pasties. However, the baked brie was also ridiculously gooey, rich and fantastic especially with the infusion of sweetness when dipped into the apple chutney.
As for the pies? The caramel pecan hands down! While the other flavours were delightful as well, I like to have my sugar with a little substance- and the protein and crunch from the pecans was the perfect combination.
Now onto the cocktails…
The bartenders are absolute darlings here and as you can see above ensured that there was plenty of each cocktail for us to taste.
The green one is the Japanese Slipper, a cocktail created in 1984 by Jean-Paul Bourguignon at Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia and it’s a simple yet delightful concoction of Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice.
My personal favourites however were the Portland Buck (House Spirits Bull Moose White Whiskey, lemon juice, Fentiman’s Ginger Beer, and mint); the Pacific Sour (Novo Fogo Cahaca, bourbon, lemon juice, cinnamon ginger syrup) and the Oakheart Toddy (Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, Kama Black tea syrup, lemon juice and Allspice Dram). If anything, this especially frigid December weather has caused me to switch my generic cocktail of choice from whiskey ginger to a hot toddy- and this one was indeed a tasty rendition (albeit a bit sweet).
Pacific Pie is now open from 11am-9pm seven days a week, so if you’re looking for some quality Aussie-influenced bites and treats, then give it a shot. Considering that this location is a mere three minute drive from my office, I know I’ll be stopping by again soon.