The Pie Kitchen
Unit 1, Carfel Building, Aguirre Avenue cor. W. Vinzon’s Street
BF Homes, Parañaque
Life would be so sad without pie. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good pie? I can name a few friends who’d rather not have cake (I still don’t get you, though), but who have their own favorite pies. You don’t like the sweet pies? You can always get a savory one (pizza is a pie, y’all!). So, here’s yet again another reason why BF Homes is a foodie haven of the South: getting your specialty sweet and savory pies at the Pie Kitchen!
I discovered this store with my mom, from whom I got most of my food preferences (read: Sa kanya ko nakuha ang aking sweet tooth! Hehe, peace po, Ma!). We had just finished a good lunch and were in need of some dessert. She was intrigued when she spotted the store, especially when she saw the “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sign in front. I didn’t need much convincing that we check it out.
The interiors are simple and homey, perfect to entice customers to relax or bond with a pie or two. They also advertise free wifi, and I spotted a couple of sockets if you need to plug in. This just might be another “workmode” place for my list in BF Homes.
But while the walls had chalkboard listings of their sweet and savory pies, a look into their hardcopy menu showed that aside from pies, they have appetizers, soup, pasta, salad, coffee, tea, and other beverages, and rice meals as well, and at affordable prices too!
Not all pies are available at a given time, so best to check and call ahead if you’re set on a specific kind you want to purchase. Or, explore the variants! I quickly snapped some photos while my mom chose her pie slices for takeaway.
My mom and I agreed to sample the pie slices at my house, which was perfect since I knew the leftovers would land in my fridge (wahhoo!). My mom patiently waited with her cup of tea while waiting for me to finish taking pictures of our dessert loots.
When I first took out the apple pie from its takeaway box, I had a whiff of its aroma and I could only think of one thing: Christmas. The aroma is so Christmas-y! Must be the cinnamon. Now, this is not my usual french-style apple pie with streusel topping. This was more of the American-style kind, lattice-like topping and all. I prefer the pie filling to be sweeter, but my mom really liked the slightly tangy bite and enjoyed this pie immensely. I liked it too, since it really did remind me of Christmas.
The walnut pie was good, but I wished that the slice could have been a bit thicker and heftier. It was the slimmest and the thinnest pie of the four we took home, so we were careful to take smaller bites so it could last longer.
It was my first time to try a pavlova, which is a meringue-based dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside. I really liked this lemon pavlova! It was light, crunchy, and creamy at the same time. It was slightly sour as you can expect lemon to be, but not as bitingly sharp as let’s say, key lime pies. Even the kids will love this (the Princess sure did when she and her father had the leftovers for dessert that night!).
But to my surprise, my favorite of the four (and the Princess, the hubby, and my mom have the same verdict as well) would have to be the blueberry cheesecake. I think this is my favorite blueberry cheesecake to-date, and I’m not really a blueberry cheesecake kinda girl, so that’s saying something. The cheesecake was light and creamy, not heavy and super dense like most of the cheesecakes I’ve tried. The blueberries and blueberry syrup were sweet without being cloyingly so, and were the perfect contrast and compliment to the lightly tangy cheesecake.
And the clincher? I love the addition of the dollop of chantilly cream on these pies! Makes these beauties more luscious and comforting. Genius!
The Pie Kitchen just opened six months ago, so it’s relatively new. I’m keen to try their other food offerings, as well as their pumpkin pie (which was not available when we went). Plus, I found out from the people at the store that the Pie Kitchen is owned by a Bicolana who married an Australian, and that she bakes the pies herself. Knowing that Australia is known as a meat-pie country, I made a mental note to sample those promising savory pies very soon.
I’m thankful that we don’t have to go too far down south for a specialty pie store!