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Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Great Tassie Curried Scallop Pie Rater and Locator

UPDATED 4 May 2013
It's a culinary delicacy peculiar to the island state, and a historical indication of the place things from the deep used to have on the great food pecking order of Anglo Saxon Australia; eg the days when fish & seafood was something cooked by:
  • New Australians;
  • Catholics on Friday;
  • People who couldn't afford RED MEAT.
The curried scallop pie is quintessentially Tasmanian, and with the primary ingredient trading between $35 and $55 a kilo, visitors today gawp in amazement to see them encased in flaky pastry, swimming in white sauce spiced up with a dash of Keen's Curry and bunged in a glass fronted warmer for a day or two.

Well, here at Tassieblather, we reckon they're great, and after searching the web, we've discovered there's no buyers' guide as to where these little pastry pockets of flavour are available, what the quality's like, or how many scallys you're likely to get. Not neccesarily limited to the coast or the city, you'll find curried scallop pies available statewide. Our reviewers have only managed to get to a few southern outlets so far, but if you've got a favourite provider of what must be the Tasmanian national dish, please drop us a line and a report and we'll follow up with a tasting.

Characteristics of a good curried scallop pie:
  • Local scallops (ask the counter staff). Frozen, imported scallops are an absolute negative.
  • At least four scallops in a pie. Five is great. Six is booming.
  • Sauce that has a nice tang, but isn't too overpowering for the scallops.
  • Likewise, sauce that isn't too glutinous.
Anyhow, onto the pies and their providers:

UPDATE: 3 May 2013


Reviewer: @digbyhabel

Pie bought from: Various, Northern Tasmania

I am currently travelling around Tasmania looking for the best scallop pie so your blog will be helpful.

Tried 3 so far and rated them on Presentation, Top Pastry, Bottom Pastry, Amount of Scallops and Taste. The maximum score is 35 points (taste and amount of scallops were rated higher)
The results so far:


The Tinnies version is quite an experience - huge volume, fabulous mild green curry sauce and masses of scallops.



Date: 22/1/2012
Reviewer: @drnaomi
Pie bought from: Jackman McRoss Bakery
Brand: Own
Locations: Main Road New Town, Victoria Street CBD & Hampden Road Battery Point
Pastry: Great
Sauce:  Wasabi instead of Keens
# of scallops: 7+
Local scallops: Unsure
Price: $7.20 Take away
Rating: 9
Notes: "scallop, leek, peas, wakame, peppercorns, wasabi.....seriously, I could die right now and not regret a thing."...Naomi







Pie bought from: Golden Tulip Patisserie
Brand: Own
Address: Channel Court Kingston and Magnet Court Sandy Bay
Date: 24 January 2013
Pastry: Solid - Potato topping
Sauce: Nice tang
# of scallops: 5-6
Local scallops: Y
Price: $7.00
Rating: 6
Notes:





Pie bought from: Gingerbread House Bakery
Brand: Own
Address: Dover
Website/Location
Date: 25/4/2008
Pastry: Excellent
Sauce: V Good
# of scallops: 4 or 5
Local scallops: Y
Price: $5.50
Rating: 8
Notes: All pies are excellent


Pie bought from: Cripps Bakery
Brand: ? Unsure if they make their own
Address: Bellerieve
Website/Location

Date: 30/08/2008
Pastry: Good
Sauce: Average
# of scallops: 3 or 4
Local scallops ?
Price $5.00
Rating 6
Notes


Pie bought from: Platter Pie Café
Brand: Own
Address: Hamilton
Website/Location
Date: 9/10/2008
Pastry: Excellent
Sauce: Excellent
# of scallops: 4 or 5
Local scallops: Y
Price: $6.00
Rating: 8.5
Notes: All pies are excellent. Possibly best pies in Tasmania.


Pie bought from: Food Van at Eaglehawk Neck Blowhole car park
Brand: Own
Address: Doo Town
Website/Location
Date: 23/02/2009
Pastry: V Good
Sauce: V Good-maybe a bit too spicy for scallops
# of scallops 5
Local scallops Y
Price $6.00
Rating: 7
Notes: They also sell DooTown Venison and red wine pies!


Pie bought from: Richmond Café
Brand: Smith's
Address: Bridge Road Richmond
Website/Location
Date: 28/02/2009
Pastry: Good
Sauce: Average-Glutinous –not enough curry
# of scallops: 3
Local scallops: Y
Price: $6.00
Rating: 5
Notes: these pies also available from Smith's pie van at Salamanca Market. Have spoken to staff in van and they use Victorian scallops during off season in Tasmania. Not as mortal a sin as using frozen scallops, that's for sure.


Pie bought from: Mure's Lower Deck
Brand: Own
Address: Constitution Dock Hobart
Website/Location
Date: To be reviewed
Pastry:
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Notes:
Pie bought from: Harbour Lights Cafe, Sullivan's Cove
Brand: "A local bakery"
Website/Location
Date: 5/3/2009
Pastry: Good. held together well. Nice flavour.
Sauce: Nice balance of curry and viscosity.
# of scallops: 4
Local scallops: Unsure.
Price: $6.90
Rating: 7.5/10
Notes: Scallops quite plump & tasty. Unsure if local or frozen. Perhaps the price indicates local.

Pie bought from: Cygnet Commercial Hotel (aka the "bottom pub")
Brand: OwnAddress: Cygnet
Website/LocationDate: 8/5/2009 (updated from 13/4)Pastry: Good
Sauce: Average. Not that strong.
# of scallops: 5-6
Local scallops: Perhaps not, as bought out of season.
Price $5.00
Rating: 6
Notes. Reheated from frozen, as bought for me by Dad.

Pie bought from: Petty Sessions Cafe
Brand: Own
Address: Huon Highway Franklin.
Website/Location
Date:14/4/2008
Pastry: Excellent. Very flaky. Pie shaped like a raindrop.
Sauce: Minimal. Low curry flavour.
# of scallops: 4 or 5
Local scallops: Unknown.
Price: $10.00
Rating: 7
Notes: High price mainly due to pie being served to table. Takeaway price probably cheaper.

Pie bought from: Richmond Bakery
Brand: Own
Address: Edward Street Richmond
Website/Location

Date: To be reviewed
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Pie bought from: Take away shops, Petrol Stations, etc
Brand: National Pies
Website/Location
Date: To be reviewed
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