G’Day! As the downtown adventures continue (is their a hotter area in LA save perhaps Venice?) The Monster checks out Bronzed Aussie, a new Australian sweet and savory pie shop/espresso bar.
Located in Santee Alley (you’ll have difficulty finding this little gem from the street), this is the dream of an Australian expat (Samantha Bryan) who missed the popular snack from her home. Teaming up with Michelin star trained Australian chef, Lincoln Smith, Bronzed Aussie (love the name, more on that later) offers up a well curated menu of pies and Longshot coffee. With only a few high chairs inside and a table or two outside this is grab and go eating for the most part.
Let’s start with how friendly everyone is in the shop. Samantha is sure to welcome you with a smile and is on hand to answer any questions you may have. Now on to the pies…
The menu (you may want to call to see what is available) offers up meat pies (original meat pie with ground beef, lamb, seafood and chicken options as well as some veggie pies) topless “brekkie” pies and some other rolls/pastries and fries along with dessert pastries.
You’ll peer into the glass case and want to sample them all. The Monster ends up with a Thai curry chicken pie. The seafood and ratatouille pie are saved for next time. Oh, and sweet potato fries. And the spinach and feta rolls. And custard tart. Boy, a lot to sample.
Not dissimilar from an American pot-pie (but eschewing the cream base), the pie is a flaky, hot, delicious marvel. Perfect for a midday snack.
As for the name Bronzed Aussie, let’s leave that great story for when you visit…
Why go? Curiosity.
Monster rating: 4/5 Monsters
714 South Los Angeles Street, Suit 714A
Los Angeles, CA 90014