The pie factory is one of two restaurants that I know of that focus on pies for halal food consumer. The other being pie Republic.
Located in Whitechapel, opposite the east London mosque the location is ideal for the target crowd. I am always looking for places that offer alternative types of cuisine to ones that I am regularly accustomed to, Pies are not a food that I eat a lot of and it’s good to see that as a halal food addict that places are opening up that allow people like you and me to try food that has been unavailable to us growing up. I was always wanted to try what other people were eating as growing up I was just restricted to one type of cuisine, food from the indian sub continent. I think as a Londoner, we are lucky to have no so many different food choices to pick from. Anyway I digress.
For drinks I ordered a strawberry mojito and a original mojito. I found the drinks a little too sweet, the strawberry one did have a heavy sugary taste, it felt like a can of strawberry mirdna. The original one lacked the balance of mint and lime.
The menu is pretty straightforward two different types of pies available, pies come with a choice of two different sides. I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala pie. The pie was visually appealing and the size just about okay for me but won’t be big enough for some. The filling of the pie was a little too dry for my liking and lacked the flavour or spice that i was expecting and overall was a bit on the bland side. I think it would have benefited from a more sauce inside the pie, the textures would work better, as the pie was well cooked, a good crusty outer and soft inner.
However the accompanying sides were really good, the roasted veg and potatoes had a lot of flavour and cooked well. The pie also came with onion gravy separate and not all over.
Value is great in my opinion, a nice simple warming meal for £6.25 is pretty darn good.
A simple place, cheap food and good location, its worth a visit.