Cover S’mores Pie. Photo: A Pie Thing

Also known as Archimedes' constant, the irrational number π is celebrated every March 14th (seeing as its approximate value is 3.14). Today, Pi Day has been overriden by Pie Day—at least in food circles

1. A Pie Thing

One of the first 'pie-oneers' to serve sweet and savoury pies in the Klang Valley, A Pie Thing has been up and running since May 2014 and serves a mind-boggling range of pies.

Drop by on a Friday or the weekend to take stock of their full menu, which includes seven kinds of chicken pie. These were on the shelves the last time we checked: Chicken Mushroom, BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese, Chunky Steak, Pulled Lamb, Creamy Spinach, Cheesy Chicken, Salted Egg Yolk Chicken, Japanese Curry Chicken, Masala Butter Chicken Black Pepper Chicken, Creamy Italian Herb Chicken and Kam Heong Chicken. Don't get us started on the dessert selection!

A Pie Thing's appetising sides are what cemented their fame; any savoury pie can be given a halo of mashed potatoes, mushy peas & gravy.

128G, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya | 012-951 5233 | | Tue-Thu & Sun, 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat, 12pm-12am.

2. DASH of Nutmeg

Unlike Nutmeg, which is known for its bustling brunches, DASH of Nutmeg is below the radar (unless you frequent the elevated walkway between Bangsar Village I and II). The secret's out now—this 'food truck' is one of our favourite spots for a quick and quiet meal.

DASH's impressive display of baked goods includes pies (Chicken & Mushroom, Chicken Curry, Salt Beef, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cranberry & Pecan) and close relatives of the pie, such as quiches (Asparagus, Salmon, Spinach) and tarts (Apple Strawberry, Banana Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava, Crème Brûlée, Lemon Passion Fruuit, Mango Cheesecake, Red Velvet).

1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur | 03 2201 4229 | Daily, 10am-10pm.

3. GravyBaby

Causing quite a stir when it first opened in 2016, GravyBaby is synonymous with its blinding Hollywood-esque signage and loud menu. Choose from the likes of BigBaby Shakes, Chunky Cheesy Chips, Hot Diggidy Dogs, and 6 kinds of pie, including a pescatarian option with smoked haddock, salmon, cod and prawns.

While GravyBaby's branch in Taman Desa has shuttered its doors, the group's first outlet in KL's Golden Triangle (next to the slightly seedy Beach Club) is still doing alright for itself. Two new outlets in Bangsar (end 2019) and Melaka (early 2020) have also sprung up; the latter occupies a prime spot next to the Melaka River.

KL City Centre: 9 Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2181 1911 | | Bangsar: 6, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur | 014-357 0414 | Melaka: 2, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka | 018-362 7319.


4. Frediani's Market & Deli

A godsend for expats with a hankering for hearty, non-halal comfort foods, Frediani’s Market & Deli (same row as McDonalds in Bangsar Baru) serves English breakfasts and roasts that guarantee a post-meal l'abbiocco (the Italian approximation of a 'food coma').

Frediani's operates as both a sit-in restaurant and a takeaway deli, which means that you can get pre-packed pies, sausage rolls, and even Scotch eggs to go in a mere matter of minutes.

26, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2201 9337 | | Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-3pm, 6-10pm, Sat-Sun, 8am-10pm.

5. Pie Kingdom

If pies were rated by a trifecta of crust, filling and gravy, Pie Kingdom's namesake dish would score 2 out of 3.

While it's easy to polish off one or two of their pies in a single sitting, the lacklustre gravy is strangely sweet and disappointingly watery.

Other oddities include the slate trays used for serving; sans ridges, how does one keep their gravy from spilling? Fans of mushy peas will also be deflated, as a meagre number of peas are merely scattered on top of the mashed potatoes. Only come here to scratch a severe itch for pie.

Despite the aforementioned points and the half-hearted service, Pie Kingdom's prime location in the heart of Bangsar South’s business district keeps caffeine-dependent customers coming.

G-2, Tower 6, Avenue 5, The Horizon, Bangsar South | Kuala Lumpur | 03-2856 0524 | | Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6pm.

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