Hello! I’d actually wrote this review in Glasgow Airport as I waited to start my journey to Canada’s Pacific coast but unfortunately, as does happen when you spend a lot of time writing, I managed to make the most rookie of errors and not save it. So now a day a couple of days into my Vancouver adventure I’ve suitably shaken off the travelling cobwebs to go again this time with a more pictureseque view on the balcony of my friend’s apartment with a couple of slices of toast for company before embarking on today’s adventures.
As part of any trip I go on I’m always keen to see what level of football is on show, not just on the pitch but for those that attend the games as well. Last night, I went to see the Vancouver Whitecaps and got to sample my first taste of the MLS. That, along with my experiences of watching an FA Cup Quarter Final Replay in Downtown Vancouver will form the basis of another piece of writing focused on football fandom in North America that I will get to at some point over the coming week.
As it is, I still had time for one more pie before departure, so without much further ado, let’s rate some pie!
Where: Barrfields Park, Largs Thistle 1-2 Pollok, West Superleague First Division
Price: A pure breed luxury steak pie this was a relative bargain at £1.50, although it would be remiss to not acknowledge that a traditional scotch pie from the same venue would cost you 50p less. Still though £1.50 for a steak pie not to be sniffed at.
Presentation: For a while now I have spoken about the popular convention that steak pies are placed in tin foil sheaths to either help (or hinder) the consumption of a pie that tends to be more plentiful in gravy than a scotch version, recently though, this seems to have changed for on review my last 3 steak pie reviews have all been sheathless and for that I am glad. Why so? Surely the description of just a medium-sized white napkin would bore us all to tears? I hear you cry. Well potentially yes, but, over the last couple of weeks I have been well and truly stung not once, but twice by the sticky bottomed mess that a tin foil container creates when eating a pie (Note: Both these pies came from Hampden). At least if I make a mess then it’s my mess and not as a result of a slapdash approach to filling and baking a steak pie. So yeah mediums-sized white napkin, good work!
Meatiness: This my friends was an absolute meaty triumph. Firstly, despite it’s rather squat looking appearance, this was an incredibly well filled pie. The meat was soft and tender but had enough of a bite to keep your gnashers interested. It was seasoned to almost near perfection, full of umami although there was no peppery kick. The gravy was flowing in abundance and although a tin foil case would have helped to catch any drips caused by too greedy a bite, the juggling was worth it to make sure you captured every morsel. Top pie work going on here.
Pastry: The pastry was lovely and golden all around. The puffy top was flaky and playfully danced along your lips as you took a bite whilst the sides and bottoms were sturdy enough to cope with the meaty voluptuousnous within. If I was being hyper-critical the base was ever so slightly underdone, but that is of negligible consideration when assessing the grandeur of this pie.
Brown Sauce: Steak Pie. No Sauce.
Overall: Great and generous filling with pastry cooked to near perfection, they were championing this pie as something great before purchase and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Gravy Factor: Aw’ the Gravy!
That was rather good. It won’t surprise you to hear that I was unable to obtain a pastry based good at BC Place and the hot dog, whilst huge, just wasn’t quite the same as the warm embrace that only a pie provides. My next pie will be from…well I’m not sure where but I’m sure it’ll be a goody. Keep an eye out for my North American Soccer Review but until next time go forth and eat pie!
Chris Marshall, is a BJTC accredited Radio Journalist with an honours degree in Communications & Mass Media from Glasgow Caledonian University. He has contributed to prominent football sites including Pie & Bovril, The Terrace Podcast, The Football Pink and The FBA’s as well as featuring in The Scotsman, STV and a number of other media outlets. A perennial ‘Scottish Sporting Optimist’ with a passion for food that has manifest itself in the wonder that is Meat Filled Pastries.