Place a slice of pie in front of me and I wouldn’t be able to resist myself. That’s why I’m celebrating Pie Day the best way I know how: by finding out which are the best pies in Singapore and ordering myself a slice.
Pies are one of the most versatile desserts in the world; they can contain rendang, chocolate, fruits, and the list goes on and on. To aid you in your quest for the best slice of pie in Singapore, we’ll be listing the best sweet and savoury pies in Singapore, from both professional and home bakers.
For clarity, we’ve tried our best to distinguish between pies and tarts. Pies have a firm and flaky crust while tart shells are delicate and often made from conventional, crumbly pastry dough. Not to mention, tarts are open-faced and typically served with unbaked or lightly baked filling. Think lemon curd tart vs apple pie.
With a wide variety of tarts and pies, ranging from sweet to savoury, Windowsill Pies is a favourite amongst pie connoisseurs and it’s easy to see why.
It first started out with a humble storefront in Haji Lane and has since expanded to three outlets across Singapore, including Great World City, West Gate and Joo Chiat Road.
For this taste test, I decided to drop by its Great World City outlet. Do note that this outlet doesn’t have any dine-in seats, so you’ll have to order for takeaway.
I decided to go for its best-seller: Morello Sour Cherry Pie (S$7.80 per slice, S$67 for the whole pie). It came with a gorgeous sugared shortcrust lattice and sticky cherry jam made with hand-picked Morello sour cherries.
The tart sourness hit my tongue instantly. I was surprised that despite how moist the filling was, the pastry crust was still firm and flaky. Give me a slice of this pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a pot of earl grey tea, and I’ll be a very happy person.
If you’re a fan of the classics, go for its Classic Pecan Pie (S$7.30 per slice, S$65 for the whole pie), which comes with roasted pecan nuts on top of a baked butter and brown sugar custard filling.
2. Sae Takagi
Sae Takagi is a home baker who has been taking Instagram by storm. Takagi is a Japanese professional pastry chef based in Singapore, who graduated from the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. Once the order slots for Takagi’s homemade bakes are released on her website each month, they’re gone within minutes.
If you’re up to play a game of fastest fingers first, be sure to go straight for Takagi’s stunning Pecan Pie (S$48), which is stuffed to the brim with pecans. You’ve got whole caramelised pecan nuts arranged in a beautiful circle on top, chopped pecans with a brown sugar mix in the middle, and a crisp, light and buttery base to hold each slice together.
3. Wimbly Lu
Wimbly Lu started off as a quaint cafe along Jalan Riang in 2013 and has since expanded to Tyrwitt Road and Greenwood Avenue. It’s known for its chocolates, desserts and waffles, so this little gem definitely deserves a spot on this list.
While it has a ton of sweet treats on its menu, such as the Sticky Date Pudding (S$15) and Lava Cake (S$15), pie aficionados can try its S’mores Pie (S$8.50). Rich and decadent, this pie consists of a dense layer of chocolate truffle and a glorious layer of torched marshmallows on top.
Located in the basement of Katong Shopping Centre, Dona Manis Cake Shop is an old-school cake shop.
Its owners, Madam Soh Toh Lang and Mr Tan Tieow Teong, have been baking sweet treats for the past 30 years and counting.
Snag a slice of its famous Banana Pie (S$2.50 per slice, S$25 for a whole pie).
This slice of pie was skillfully layered and packed with caramelised banana slices, then sprinkled with chopped nuts. The crust was really well made, with a crumbly texture and a nice buttery taste, which melted in our mouths and went well with the mild sweetness from the banana.
865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-93, Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore 437844
+65 6440 7688
Tue to Sat: 10am – 4.30pm
Closed on Mon & Sun
The first time I visited PS.Cafe, I remember being blown away by its spectacular decor and yummy food. Now, PS.Cafe has become a staple whenever I’m looking to celebrate a special occasion, and Pie Day is one of them.
What’s a pie listicle without an Apple Pie?
I visited PS.Cafe’s Great World City outlet, and was happy to know that PS.Cafe sells the classic apple pie in all its stores, as well as the whole apple pie on its web store. Do note that if you’re placing an online order, you’d have to submit your order at least two working days in advance.
A slice of its PS. Apple Pie A La Mode goes for S$14 and comes with a complimentary scoop of ice cream.
As I ordered it to go, my slice of apple pie didn’t come with ice cream, but I was glad to see that it came with a separate container of crumbs and nuts, which I happily sprinkled over the slice of pie.
Across all the slices of pie I tried for this article, this has got to be my favourite. The apples were soft yet crunchy, and were mildly sweet with a hint of cinnamon. I loved how moist each bite was, and the crumbly topping added a great texture to each bite.
This made me wish I had opted to dine at the restaurant instead, so I could enjoy this delicious apple pie with a scoop of ice cream. I guess there’s always next time, right?
Make a reservation at these PS.Cafe outlets:
Ann Siang Hill | East Coast Park | Great World City | Harding | One Fullerton | Palais Renaissance | Paragon | Raffles City
6. Don Pie
When it comes to savoury pies, Don Pie is a household name. It first started out in 2000 and made a name for itself with its modest pies, which are baked fresh daily using all-natural ingredients.
Drop by its flagship outlet, which is located at the basement of One Raffles Place, for a bite of its Signature Chicken Family Pie (S$27.90). With chicken, potatoes, corn, carrots, peas and mushrooms, this hearty pie will be a definite hit at your next gathering. If you’re looking to spice things up, you can try its Curry Family Pie (S$27.90) instead.
7. Cottage Pies
Tucked away in Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, Cottage Pies is a humble bakery that dishes out excellent savoury pies. In fact, this bakery goes all the way back to 1997, when its owner decided to cease his electronic business to go to New Zealand to professionally bake country-style pies!
It sells bite-sized Chicken Pies (S$4.20 for 3, $1.50 for 1), which also come in black pepper and chicken mushroom flavours. Vegetarians can try its Vege Pies (S$4.20 for 3, $1.50 for 1), which come with macaroni, potato and beans.
It also sells sweet pies, such as Banana Chocolate Pie (S$4.70 for 3, S$1.70 for 1).
My personal favourite was the Chicken Pie. Small and bite-sized, the crust was buttery, crispy and flaky. Upon cutting into the small pie, I found shredded chicken on the inside. While I had expected the shredded chicken to be dry from its time in the oven, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was delightfully juicy and soft.
Meat lovers can opt for its Beef Stew Pie (S$5.50), a hearty and meaty pie that’s stuffed with stewed beef, soft potato cubes and corn.
8. Oven Marvel
You know it’s going to be good when a bakery has less than five items on its menu. Oven Marvel only has three: chicken pies, curry puffs and muffins.
Helmed by Chef Johnny Ngiam, a veteran pastry chef with countless years of experience under his belt, the bakery’s concise menu items are neither fancy nor over-the-top. They are simply honest, freshly baked pastries and muffins handmade from scratch with quality ingredients.
Its Chicken Pie (S$4) was light without being overly flaky, and while the outer pastry shell was crisp on the surface, it retained a nice chewy bite inside. Pie fans like myself will instantly notice the rich mouthfeel that can be attained only by the use of good quality butter instead of its cheaper counterpart— margarine.
The pie’s chicken filling was peppery and creamy, with generous chunks of tender chicken meat, potatoes and mixed greens. What attracted me to the filling was the medium-thick béchamel sauce the chicken was stewed in. It was rich and flavourful, complementing every bit of the puff pastry in unison.
91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-55, Singapore 189652
+65 9636 1503
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 8pm
Sat to Sun: 12pm – 8pm
9. DP Creations
DP Creations has been serving up creamy chicken pies and authentic Australian beef pies at Circuit Road since 2018, and is the brainchild of couple Chef Pell and Mr Daniel.
Though the Chicken Pie (S$2.50) was relatively small in size (comparable to an egg tart), it was generously stuffed with carrots, peas, potatoes and chicken chunks. Full of flavour, I loved how it remained creamy inside, in contrast to its crispy crust.
Before you go, be sure to try the Australian Beef Pie (S$2.50) as well, which is filled with well-seasoned minced beef for that rich, savoury kick. This is a great option for picky eaters as this pie has no vegetables in it!
79 Circuit Road, #01-25, Circuit Road Hawker Centre, Singapore 371079
+65 9681 1338
Thurs to Mon: 3pm – 8pm
Closed on Tue & Wed
10. Pig N Whistle
A cosy neighbourhood gastropub, Pig N Whistle serves up authentic British pub fare such as Steak N Ale Pie (S$19.90) and Beer Battered Hoki N Chips (S$19.90). It uses its own British recipes, and all its dishes are made fresh from scratch.
Yes, you heard it right— they serve a pie that contains steak and ale. The dish comprises beef slow roasted in ale and a classic pairing of caramelised onions, carrots, leeks and celery, which added a subtle sweetness to the rich gravy.
This is the only place in Singapore that serves authentic steak and ale pie that’s made in-house, rather than imported in, so be sure to check this place out if you’re looking to indulge in hearty British fare!
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