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35 Rochester Drive Singapore
 
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They believe every gourmet pie should be paired with a cup of aromatic coffee, enjoy their pies and sip their gourmet coffee.

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Decent tea time hangout

The Pies and Coffee at Rochester mall is fairly large, with ample outdoor and indoor seating. It is an excellent hangout as there is rarely a crowd.

I tried the Chicken Mushroom and Beef pie – it was satisfactory, but pretty average. The pies were savoury and the chicken mushroom filling was tasty, but the crust was a little too thick and hard for my liking. I expected more of the beef pie, but it fell short of expectations. There could have been more visible and taste-able traces of beef, but the pie was still quite savoury thanks to the sauce filling.

It is a great place to stop by and have tea if you’re in the area, but not worth a special trip down if it’s inconvenient.

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Atmosphere

While this place may be slightly difficult to find and is located a considerable distance away from the nearest MRT (Buona Vista), its location provides a rather tranquil environment for you to consume your meal. It is a place for some alone time and some deep thought, being always rather quiet and empty, as I recall from my multiple trips here.

I'm not really one for pies - the creamy ones just get so cloying after a while, and the sweet ones are high in caloric value, so I normally just come here for the beverages and the atmosphere. While the beverages are, really, pretty mundane and mediocre, the environment is My Kind Of Place, boasting serenity and unjumbled greenery as a few of its many attributes.

I would really recommend coming here with a book in hand and a peaceful mood, or a laptop in hand for some leisurely reading. This may be a viable place for work, but it's an even better place for relaxation.

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Not impressed

I went to the Turf City branch and apart from the outdoor seating area which looks pretty tranquil, there's nothing much i would return for. Their pies and coffees do not live up to the specialisation of the shop. They were rather average. Well, i would credit them for the wide range of pies available.

Despite selling keepcups, they do not offer discounts if you bring your keepcups along, which most shops are doing. So, that was quite a bummer because i don't see the incentive of bringing my own cup along next time.

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Average Spent Per Person:
16
Best Part:
Ambience
Branch Location:
Turf City
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Lack of flavor

Pies and Coffee prides itself in selling well, pies and coffee... no surprises there! I would very well want to be surprised with cupcakes or inside something though hahaha ok I digress. I don't take coffee so I cannot comment on the coffee that they sell but I guess since they have included "Coffee" in their signboard, they must have a high level of confidence in their coffee standard. Can anyone coffee lover go try it and add a review here? :) Ok onto the pies, they sell both sweet and savoury and I'm hardly in the mood for sweet pies, especially when I am hungry. I went for the the chicken cheddar pie upon staff recommendation (friendly peeople alert!!). This place adopts a self-service concept where you make your order and pay at the counter.

The pie arrived in 15 minutes and the pie was served with a side of mash and greens. It's a nice touch as compared to the pie being served alone. The mash tasted home-made, with irregular chunks of potato instead of fake powder-to-solid kinda mash that you find at KFC (those are occasional indulgences). The greens are fresh and refreshing. The star of the show, the pie, didn't fare as well as its supporting sides though. I was expecting something really hot, oozey cheesy kinda thing but imagination is always fancier than reality isn't it? The pie was nothing like that. Nothing oozed out. The chicken pieces were tender but coated barely with cheese and it was kind lukewarm. The pie crust was a little thick and hard as well.

Considering how the cafe's specialty is supposed to be pies and looking at the quality of the pie that I had, I wouldn't be back here anytime soon for their savoury pies. If I am craving desserts, I might come back here for their sweet pies...

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Decent Place For A Snack If You're Nearby

In the style of that Great British English tradition, Pies & Coffee is a suitably named place that sells... what else? Gourmet pies and coffee! A niche concept cafe, Pies & Coffee also has soups, salads, and pastries on their menu, but most visit for their range of traditional or unique fusion pies.

Ambience at Pies & Coffee is functional, laid-back and casual. There isn't much indoor seating, but the ample outdoor seating is comfortable, sheltered and pretty cool, thanks to the nearby fountain. However, some seats may have bird poop on them, thanks to the nearby Myna birds that frequent this place. Check before you sit!

Pies & Coffee is largely self-service, with staff only helping to prepare orders and clear tables. Decent enough, and staff are quite friendly, they do make recommendations if you're unsure what to get.

Food at Pies & Coffee revolves around its namesake. I found the coffee to be decent, nothing to shout about, and while the coffee beans are of good quality, their Latte Art is rather sloppy and unprofessional. Their traditional pies are quite tasty, above average in quality, though portions are generous and filling. Worth the money! But their fusion pies really stand out for the unique flavour combinations!

Decent Latte, semi-strong, fragrant, but the body is slighty weak. The Latte Art is below average. Go for the flavoured Latte instead, like the Caramel Latte, because the flavour enhances the otherwise weak coffee.

The British English style of Hot Chocolate, fragrant, but thin, with a semi-rich, sweet chocolate taste. One of the few Hot Chocolate that comes with art, but it's poorly executed.

Made according to the traditional British English Shepherd's Pie Beef, with a generous, filling portion. Despite the classic combination of ingredients like minced beef, carrots, onions, and peas, the Shepherd's Pie Beef lacks in the overall taste, being slightly weak on the palate. Decent, but a little more gravy or seasoning might have helped.

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Average Spent Per Person:
16
Recommend to Friend:
No
Hot Chocolate
Latte
Shepherd's Pie Beef
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Delicious Cookies!

I paid $2.50 for a MASSIVE cookie, which was about the size of both my fists put together. It was filling and although it was a little too sweet for my liking, I was amazed by the size and price. Although I didn't try any of the pies, the person I was with did, and said that they were a little small for the hefty price tag.

The coffee is a little diluted, so I don't recommend it, but their Earl Grey is not bad. It's definitely one of the better teas around. The ambience in their Tanjong Katong outlet reminds me of quaint European cafes, and is wonderful for an intimate chat, since it's rarely crowded. The free wifi is an added bonus.

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Best Part:
Ambience
Branch Location:
Tanjong Katong
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Lovely pies but a tad overpriced

The highlight will be the pies here - as their coffee, well, is the same everywhere else.
I've done a couple of flavours so far, Seafood Laksa, Chicken Mushroom, Chicken Cheddar, Creamy Seafood and Wagyu Beef. All are competent pies, but my favourites are the Seafood Laksa and Creamy Seafood. The Seafood Laksa is unique and while it has the tangy laksa taste, it is not over powering to take away the smell and taste of the pie crust, so they've basically got the formula right for this pie. If you are one of those who enjoy a spicy bowl of laksa, then this may be a trite weak for your taste. The creamy seafood is great as it's also not overly creamy and soupy, so it is thick cream housed within the pie - the cream base is a good complement to the pie crust.
The rest like the Chicken Mushroom is normal and I find the Chicken Cheddar to be a bit too cheesy. Many of my friends seem to dig the Wagyu Beef as it is also one of their specialties, but I didn't think the taste of the beef filling matched well with their buttery pie crust. I actually scooped out the beef filling and ate that separately.
Each pie comes with a serving of salad and mash potato - no other side choices. You can of course have more of one or the other, but it will be good if they can offer more side choices.
The pies are a tad expensive at about $8+ per pie with Wagyu being slightly more expensive. The place is simple and functional, so it is a good place to just meet friends and catch up.
Not much service to talk about here, the staff is friendly enough, but you basically self-collect your items when ready.

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Branch Location:
Turf Club
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