This year just so happens to be the year of the pie. Not even kidding, pies are everywhere! They’re like the new black; so long are the days where cupcakes reigned supreme, the pie is taking over. And I’m not even talking about just dessert. Usually pies come stuffed with berries, apples, chocolate, limes, whatever but there’s a new kid on the block who’s been creating quite a buzz over the past couple months: Introducing KO Catering & Pies.
If you haven’t already heard about the the Authentic Australian take-out shop that opened just over a month ago on A Street in Southie well then I don’t know what rock you’ve been living under but they literally have EVERYONE talking (see Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C, Exhibit D ……. Exhibit Z) Wanting to get in on a piece of this pie, I made my way over right before the Holidays to enjoy some “brekky” and get some of these infamous meat pies to-go.
Once I found out they served breakfast 7 days a week, they immediately jumped to the top of my favorites list. We all know how I feel about breakfast (LOVE IT!) and co-owners Sam Jackson and Kara Butterfield agree, “Brekky is very popular [in Australia] and it is my favorite meal! I don’t know if it is because of the weather in Sydney or not but brekky is a massive part of our food culture. The weekend is planned around meeting friends at a local cafe for a leisurely brunch and reading the newspaper. The decision was made early on for our breakfast to be reflective of that with the menu we created.”
Naturally my jaw dropped when I read the menu…
Talk about amazing. It was the ideal light breakfast you hope to have every morning. The toast was buttered and grilled to perfection, the egg was the best cooked egg I’ve ever had, sunny side up, with just the right amount of runny yoke, and deliciously seasoned. I think I just started fostering an obsession for it.
My boyfriend had the vegetarian-friendly Herbed Potato Rosti, minus the bacon and adding an extra tomato. This was also delicious, and yet another ideally light breakfast that can be enjoyed any day of the week. Like everything else, the Rosti was flawlessly seasoned, and fried just right with a little bit of crunch to it.
Because KO specializes in catering and take-out food I had to get a few things to go, like some meat pies, home made granola, and a lemington to satisfy my sweet tooth craving which creeps up every 2 hours. Everything was perfect, in fact the granola may have been the best I’ve ever had, perfect for adding to yogurt, cereal or fruit. And that Lemington, MmmMmmm. But how can you go wrong with a coconut covered pastry?
The pies were all just as amazing as I had heard. Flaky, buttery, crunchy and like everything else at KO, perfectly seasoned. I ordered an assortment to-go including Irish Stew, Beef and Cheese and Vegetable Curry and all were a huge hit. My personal favorite, of course, was the Beef and Cheese.
Since opening a little over a month ago KO has fostered a bit of a cult like following, including a mix of local students and Irish residents along with a few transplanted Aussie’s. I have to admit, After visiting twice in one week I may be jumping on the band wagon as well. If not just for the amazing food then to see the welcoming, lighthearted staff who have an uncanny way of brightening up your day every time you stop by. If this is what Australia’s all about, I might be moving by next winter
To learn more on KO Catering & Pies and check out my interview with Sam and Kara see Dig Boston’s: Taste Buds.