Vic Pies Cafe, Shop 6, 100 Furlong Rd, Cairnlea. Phone: 9361 2188
Vic Pies, situated in Cairnlea Town Centre, sells pies – and, of course, other likeminded pie shop savouries and sweeties.
But there’s something else going on here … I see one outside table adorned with really good-looking rice paper rolls as a staff member whizzes by me bearing a plate of pork chop and broken rice crowned by a glistening fried egg.
Yes, no matter what Vic Pies Cafe’s original focus, it has gradually become also and as well a purveyor of Vietnamese and Asian goodies, as the photos arrayed on the walls attest.
I’m meeting CTS pal Jacqui, Cairnlea resident and perpetrator of the lovely blog Urban Ma, in which she covers food (including westie haunts), fashion and more with style.
Our plan to eat elsewhere is thwarted by the place in question being unopen, but it all turns out for the best, as our Vic’s repast is swell.
And how cool, how Melbourne is it to be able to order bo kho in a pie shop?
The beef stew ($12) is simply wonderful.
It seems like a relatively new batch of stew – the carrots are intact yet still tender, while the onions are quite crunchy.
There appears to be two kinds of beef – big fat-free chunks and smaller pieces with some fat. Both are good.
The broth is nicely spicy and quite viscous.
The baguette that accompanies is wonderfully fresh, and bigger and crustier than I’m used to being provided in Footscray, Sunshine or St Albans.
Jac’s beef claypot (also $12) is good, too, and seems like a pretty healthy option as well.
There’s lots of crunchy vegetables along with the beef, all flecked with chilli bits and sitting on top of a rice bed.
Both our meals are too spicy for Baby D.
So he gets what babies get.
Sorry, bub – maybe next time.
Or, more likely, not for a good few years!
The Vietnamese alternative at Vic Pies Cafe strikes us as a real winner in a shopping centre and neighbourhood not overly burdened with ace eating options.