I was recently driving home from New Plymouth after the All Blacks v Argentina test and was craving a pie...Wanganui had to be the destination to get it for my lunch as I passed through on the way back to Wellington...as I went along the bypass of the city centre out of the blue I saw a sign "Famous Raetihi Pies" on the side of the road - jackpot! As I was starving, and as a lifelong pie lover and aficionado, I was salivating...Entering the cafe, I went straight to the pie warmer. The choice of pies was simply extraordinary, and they looked delicious - you could tell at first glance they were crafted and made with supreme skill. What to get then? I mentioned to the lady that served me I was lured in by their sign outside of famous pies, and she replied "well you better try it first". I was excited.
I was taken by the Lamb and Mint pie - I normally go for Steak and Cheese to sample a particular shop's pie, but Lamb and Mint seemed an attractive proposition - but there were a myriad of others to choose from. So the decision took some time.
The first bite is always the key for a pie - temperature, crispiness of pastry, filling, consistency, flavour - these can all be summed up and judged with the first bite.
And how the first bite ticked all these criteria and more! The lamb and mint filling was extraordinary, the mint infused beautifully with the lamb (not chunks but mince, which was superb) and the pastry crispy and hot (but not too hot). It was the sort of pie that needed to be eaten slowly to fully appreciate its quality. A wonderment to a pie lover. I devoured it slowly as I could to get a full appreciation of it.
I am looking forward to going back again - my experience required me to tell the friendly lady how the pie most definitely lived up to their advertising sign and more.
A lovely flat white was enjoyed to round off this most wonderful experience. Highly recommended, I give this pie a 10/10 - the first maximum rating I've ever given
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