Friday 13 July 2012

Open Pie Outrage!

I’m going to cut to the chase here – I’ve had some pretty controversial pies in the past, for various reasons, but this has got to be one of the most outrageous! I admit – I could see it coming the moment I placed my order for an “open chicken pie” from the Slug and Lettuce Pub... but that did not stop the jaw-dropping controversy that shortly followed. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. This picture asks just one... “WHY?!?!?!”

Yes, you guessed it. The “open chicken pie” is basically a top crust pie without a proper top crust! There’s a massive, gaping open hole in the lid. It‘s like rubbing salt into the wounds, like stealing the last penny from a guy who’s just given generously to charity, like removing the penultimate piece of pastry from an already pastry-light pie... no, wait, it IS removing the penultimate piece of pastry from an already pastry-light pie.

And why in the world would you want to do such a thing?! This is not the time or the place to discuss top crusts (plenty of previous reviews have already gone there), but it then beggars belief as to why you would remove pastry from a top crust pie?! Surely you should just forget the pastry all together and just serve it as it is – a glorified, sauce covered piece of chicken in a dish!

It’s at this point that I do have to admit, much to my obvious annoyance at the lack of pastry and initial thoughts over whether it was even a meal that could be classified as a pie in the first place, that the meal was actually very nice. Annoyingly nice, in fact! It shouldn’t have been so nice, considering it barely counts as a pie! But there you go, beggars cannot be choosers. The pastry was light, crisp and golden. The chicken sauce was delightful and the chicken pieces very filling. However what I would say is that the Slug and Lettuce Pub chain are really missing a trick here by not encasing their pie fully with pastry, as this could have ranked as a top 20 pie had they done so. But alas, this will forever be recorded as a “what might have been...” entry.

Note to self: when it says “open pie”, prepare to be outraged!

Open Chicken Pie (Slug and Lettuce, Birmingham)
Score: 5.15/7


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