I used to buy Big Ben's pies sometimes when they had an outlet at Parkway Parade a few years ago but this is the first time I'd been to the restaurant. I took my kids there for a lunchtime meal today; it was busy when we arrived and there were only tables outside or bar seat style seating at the side, so we sat on the bar stools and when people left the staff cleared a table for us. The ambience is quite good in there, it's a small place and friendly - a lot of the people who were dining seemed to be regulars which is always a good sign.
We ordered Beef and cheese pie, Steak and Guinness pie and a burger. The pies were great - they do look small but we all came out of there feeling full (and we have big appetites in our family!) so they're obviously big enough to be filling. The burger was also good and I think it was home made. The chips were OK (I'm not too sure about the seasoning that they put on them - I might ask for it without next time). The baked beans were hot (hooray!) but the mashed potato was lukewarm which was a shame. But all in all, it was a satisfying meal.
I like their pies - they advertise themselves with the Union Flag and their pies are the closest I've found to British pies in Singapore. Someone has reviewed this place a while ago and compared it to Dom's of all places which are nothing like UK pies, so if you want a British pie, this is the place to come. If they'd had an option of mushy peas with the pies instead of beans I would have gone for that though - it's more authentic. So if anyone from BBP is reading this, mushy peas would be great (and maybe the option of gravy too - a nice onion gravy, thick and flavourful)
My children finished off with cookies and cream ice cream too which they enjoyed and we also had a couple of rounds of drinks (soft drinks and coffee). The bill came to $41 which I thought was pretty good.
Meat pie was one of my favourites when I was studying in Australia. You can find them at just about everywhere. However, it's not easy to find a classic Aussie pie in Singapore. A lot of the pies here are made of puff pastry rather than short crust pastry. What I liked about the pies at Big Ben’s Place is the fact that they were close to the ones I used to eat in Australia.
The crust was just right such that it was not overly crumbly but firm to the bite. You can almost describe it as "al dente". My favourite was the beef and mushrooms. They used nice beef chunks. I think that the amount of beef chunks have been reduced somewhat in recent days due to the increasing food cost. Although the pies here might not be as good as the meat pies I had in Australia, it came close.
When you’re there, try the steak, bacon and Guinness pie. The chicken pie is one of its best sellers, but I did not like it as much as the beef pies. Even in Australia, I seldom ate chicken pie. I felt that the gravy was too watery and “herbal” for my liking. For me, Big Ben’s is the place to satisfy my craving for an Aussie pie.
This café prides itself in “Traditional homemade English pies filled with quality ingredients in short crust pastry shell” according to its website. The menu promises - “Delicious, sumptuous, savoury, satisfying are a few ways to describe Big Ben’s Pies”
Steak & Guinness pie ($3.80) – The individual components of this pie is great, chunky steak cubes which are tender and flavourful, the gravy is also thick and nice. Crust is also good. But put them all together, it fails to satisfy me. Perhaps this version of pie is different from how I like my pies to be – hearty and rich. This pie is delicious, just too dainty for my liking.
Irish Lamb Stew pie set ($7.60) – includes choice of pie, bake beans, fries and soup of the day. Compared to the steak pie, this is more dry and hollow. Between these two pies, I prefer the former.
Chicken Chop ($8.50) – pan roasted chicken leg with rustic mashed potatoes and salad. There is a choice of either garlic or mushroom sauce for the chicken chop. We chose the garlic. Amongst the three mains, this is clearly the winner. Most hearty and satisfying of all. Worth highlighting is the mashed potato. This is made of real potatoes, coarsely mashed with skin intact, is much better than those from a box!
Devil’s Wings ($9.60) for six wings – total of 12 pieces. Mildly spicy wings, not bad for sharing. Wwe were halfway through our wings that we could request for higher levels of spiciness.
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