Thursday 9 January 2014

Do Maxi Brand pies give maximum flavour?

Maxi Brand Beef and Onion pie review.

I was out in Bethnal Green, London, the other day, and was feeling a little peckish. So I thought, you know what, I really fancy finding myself a nice Cornish pasty to eat…

Or did I?

Of course I didn’t! This is Pierate, and I’m a Pierateer, so the only thing on my mind was getting some pies to eat. And pronto.

I happened upon the Regal Fish Bar on Bethnal Green Road. They sold pies, so I was sold. From a choice of what one might call the ‘classic trio’ of pies (Chicken and Mushroom, Vegetable, and Beef and Onion), I opted for the Beef and Onion. Here it is in all its glory:


Note that this pie looks rather unfamiliar. Have you seen this kind before? Is it a Pukka Pie? No. Is it a Holland’s Pie? No. After asking the staff, I was informed that it was a ‘Maxi Brand’ pie. After a lot of searching, I think I’ve managed to track down this mysterious brand here. Down the bottom you’ll see a ‘Maxi Halal Beef and Onions pie’ – although the adjacent picture has the pie in a silver casing rather than red. The same colour red in my casing is used in the casing for the picture for the chicken and mushroom pie, so I have to assume that they have got the pictures mixed up. Apart from that link, however, I can’t seem to find anything else about Maxi Brand.

How does the pie rate? It was quite cheap – I can’t remember how much exactly, but in the region of £2. The pastry was a nice golden brown colour, but I found it to be a bit chewy and difficult to cut with my plastic knife and fork. I found myself having to tear into it with my teeth, looking like a vicious wolf tearing apart its food. The filling was averagely pleasant for a beef and onion pie. It was filled to a good capacity with only a minor air gap. Where this pie really loses points for me though is how chewy I found the pastry lid to be.

Maxi Brand Beef and Onion pie
Score: 3.0/7

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