Akin to getting a bagel in NY or a croissant in Paris you have to get a meat pie in Australia, right? I didn't seek out the best one or get any advice, I stumbled into Janet's Pies while exploring King St in Newtown. It certainly looked the part - the chicken-mushroom combo sat majestically on the plate next to a tower of mash and a spill of peas.
It looked no less promising when I cracked open the flaky crust and watched the steam rise. That's what made the first bland bite such a letdown. There was nothing overtly wrong with it other than it had almost no taste. I didn't believe it at first - I kept eating, hoping that the flavors were simply late to arrive. I waited for half a pie only to give up and pass off the rest to Dodo. She seemed more forgiving than I but I'll let her comment.
It's too bad, they have a great location with an open front for maximum people-watching along King St. There are couches near the sidewalk and tables in the back. Next visit I'll do a bit more research and pick out a lauded pie spot to try.
283 King St