Meat pies are the Australian/New Zealand equivalent to poutine. Whereas we Montrealers indugle in late-night/drunk poutine for a cheap and filling meal, on other side of the world meat pies are the go-to food. Typical Australian and New Zealand meat pies are pretty cheap, low-scale, and can be found at corner stores, catering to students and those looking for a quick hunger fix. Taking this food trend to the next level, Tourtière Australienne, or Ta Pies, makes gourmet meat pies right here in Montreal.
Mixing traditional pie recipes with modern flavours, Ta Pies does the savory pastry in ways unseen anywhere else. Basic fillings are put into their homemade pastry shell, like classic beef and gravy, or be adventurous and try out the very popular butter chicken option. Vegetarian pies are also available, such as the Curried vegetable and sweet potato or spinach, mushroom, tomato and ricotta.
Pies are meant to be eaten on the go in Australia and New Zeland, and Ta Pies sticks to that tradition. Personal pies, meant to be eaten with just your hands, are made daily and priced at $5-$6. If you want pie for a crowd, or something to take to a potluck, larger pies are at the ready, either fresh or frozen to eat at your leisure. Great for potlucks or dinner parties.
To get a full sense of the Ta pie spectrum I sampled their basic steak and cheese, as well as the more esoteric butter chicken. The steak and cheese, prepared in a red wine gravy, was succulent and gooey, with the strong cheddar adding some great flavour and texture. Butter chicken may seem like an odd pie filling, but it sure does work. Ta's butter chicken is better than I've had at Indian restaurants, and the inherent spiciness is offset by the flaky pastry. Both meat fillings would be great on their own, but they're taken to the next level by Ta's pie crust. Soft, tender, and only a little chewy, the butter pie crust is a an awesome and edible food container.
On the sweet side of things, Ta doesn't make pies like you would think. Instead they craft remakes of classic desserts. Order a Sticky Toffee Pudding with Jack Daniels Caramel, Pavlova, or a Timtam Tiriasu. Timtams are a classic Australian cookie, for those unaware, which are hugely popular and can be found at certain Montreal vendors. Ask a Ta employee to show you what a Timtam Slam is. You won't be disappointed
If you're hitting up Pop Montreal this week, Ta will be the food vendor at St.Michel Cathedral. Or just swing by either location in the Plateau (4520 Parc Avenue) or in NDG (5525 Monkland Avenue) for a great pie experience.
Oh, and did I mention Ta has been called "the best meat pies in the world" by Australian actor/mega-star Hugh Jackman? That's right, the Wolverine himself fell in love with these pies when he was in Montreal. That's enough street cred in itself, so go see if everyone's favourite mutant was right.
Inspired by his mother, "who used to make buko pie [a Filipino coconut pie] at home as a little side hustle when [he] was younger," the entrepreneurial chef launched the venture last Thanksgiving and it has thrived on social media.
After mastering advanced crust-making techniques from the chef at Dinette Triple Crown ("the secret ingredient really is just butter, lots of butter," he said), Mejia began taking traditional Filipino desserts and reinventing them as pies.
Anyone can order one up over Instagram and he'll make it fresh.
His available pie flavours vary according to the season but include bibingka (a dessert made with rice flour and coconut), buko, Hawaiian-inspired chocolate haupia, Jollibee-inspired ube, banana langka, and peach mango.
The chocolate haupia pie is also available at Le Petit Vibe on chemin Côte-des-Neiges, where Mejia works as a consultant.
Mejia said launching the home-based food business makes sense during the pandemic as "there are no more jobs or positions available at regular restaurants these days and the way that food is going now, it's more quick-serve type restaurants or takeout."
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Cuisine: Filipino-inspired pies
Why You Need To Try It: Original, ultra-decadent desserts to more than satisfy your sweet tooth.
But now I think we're all getting into the fall spirit and we're ready to embrace all the amazing things that fall brings us! Just think of apple picking, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, taking hikes through the stunning fall foliage and wearing sweaters every day!
All of these things scream fall but there's something else that does too: pies!
With tons of events, and a movie or two filming in Montreal this year, it's no wonder we've got quite a handful of celebs visitng our beautiful city. Here are just a few you might be able to spot during the summer.
Which is why it's so awesome that Montreal has tons of spots where you can grab some food on the cheap. There are plenty of spots around the city that make some legit meals for $10 or under, but a select few happen to stand out.
Okay, who here is a fan of Salvadorian cuisine? Everyone? Great! There's no better spot in the city to take care of your Salvadorian food crave than this Little Italy spot; and their pupusas go for around $3 each, meaning you can feast until your heart desires.
This Plateau restaurant (and caterer!) has one mission: to provide delicious, healthy food for amazing prices. And trust, they deliver. Their food is always fresh and tasty, and most of their dishes cash in at under $10.
Anyone who works or goes to school downtown should know about this hidden spot. Offering delicious meals, like salads, sandwiches, and soups, for super inexpensive - and including vegetarian options, as well - there's no way you can go wrong here.
This vegetarian Indian restaurant is exactly the perfect place to go if you want to eat some tasty, healthy, flavourful food on a budget. A light meal might cost you less than $5, with a full meal hitting at the $10 mark.
This Plateau bakery specializes in one thing: pies. They're savoury, flaky, delicious, and small enough to be eaten in one sitting, making the perfect snack or meal. Most of the pies are well under $10 each, too, so you can go ahead and stock up if you're up to it.
An Egyptian restaurant right near Concordia University, this spot focuses on serving up an incredibly authentic Egyptian dining experience. All of the dishes are delicious, and a good many of them hit just at (or under) the $10 mark.
This Plateau restaurant serves up roti, curry, soups, salads, jerk chicken, and more. All of their roti dishes go for under $10, with their jerk chicken and certain curry dishes going for just above the $10 mark.
Located in St. Henri, this taco shop is exactly what everyone needs in their life, TBH. Serving up incredibly delicious tacos for about $2.50 each, and quesadillas for $6, choosing a meal from Tacos Frida is always a really good decision.