Savary Island Pie Company is a cafe, coffee house, and bakery in Ambleside, West Vancouver. All products are made in house including bread, pies and pastries.
This place is like , umm .. a little coffee shop is the best I can describe it. It's very small with most of the back space being taken up by the bakery. You wouldn't necessarily come here for the ambience or service, though the servers are generally friendly and helpful.
It's a pie company, right? So we had a pie. Not the sweet kind. Chicken. It was good, very good ingredients. Left belly happy and full. Also had soup and grilled cheese (this is a premium grilled cheese, not white slice bread and Kraft slices!), also yummy.
Well, let's see, it is quite good and I suppose the place to hit for pies of all sorts. The food quality in general is very good, though there are no amazing dishes that I could see here. We did get a loaf of bread on the way out. It is about $5 for a loaf, but I will say it is HUGE, probably about twice the size of anything anywhere else. And it is pretty decent, though not the best I've had in town.
Worth a try for the pies. Good place to stop by for a snack or light meal.
i highly recommend this place, but i'm very wary of the lack of space and high cost of food. Brunch at the weekend is fantastic - when you can get in. If you manage to get a table away from the chaos ie away from the door or till, you can enjoy your food and relax.
Their staple/variety of pie is beyond excellent - taste wise. We bought a whole blueberry pie and 2 soft drinks. the bill came to a whopping $38.
Good looking place....the only thing I don't like in this place is it's too Dark. How do people bake in the Dark??
I need to see if there is any hair or anything else when I bake or cook.
The prices are very expensive.... I can't believe how much a slice of pie is. I can make better pies Homemade.
Nice ambiance... a little too small of a place.....when it gets busy, the line up can be nuts.
Service is ok, not the greatest, can be a little cheaper and brighter!
I've never had anything on the menu I didn't like, which also includes a mushroom soup (and I don't eat mushrooms). Everything is divine. The quality of ingredients, and blend of richly layered flavours is a near spiritual experience. Okay, maybe I have pushed that last one a bit, but it is good. Expensive, but good. So good that I drive over 27 KL, at least 4-6 times a year to get my fix. It's a pilgrimage of sorts, where the entire drive is filled with anticipation, not unlike a child who is promised a trip to their favorite candy/toy store.
By the time the car is parked and I am opening the front door, my mouth is watering and I am ready for the feast. However, UNFORTUNATELY, although the decor at Savary Island Pie has an inviting earthy charm to it, the ambiance inside certainly doesn't. It is hectic, loud, and crammed. It feels like I've entered the 'cattle call' at a busy airport cafeteria. The energy is chaotic. The line ups are long and there length feels even longer because you know that at the end of it, there are no tables/seats available, except for the odd uncomfortable stool at the back counter/space area (there have been more than a few times that I end up getting it to go by default). Once at the cashier, you both scream at one another, because it's loud in there, and your competing with the music (it's like a busy down town club on a Friday night). Once you've ordered and paid there's more waiting. But the part that's the worst is that everyone waiting stands around staring and peering at the poor patrons that are trying to eat in peace. I know, I do it too. You look and pray silently that they will hurry up and eat and leave, so that you can sit and settle.
The tables are rarely cleared up after the last patrons, and so you have to fight to get the servers attention, and when she/he does come, it's a quick mindless swish, and there's blueberries left behind. But by that time, I am too worn out to say anymore and so I discreetly rub it away with my own Kleenex and wait for my meal. It arrives. It doesn't disappoint. And when I leave and ask myself the same questions: Why they don't expand? Why they don't turn the music down? Why they don't have a more organized system? And, why do I keep coming back? Then I remember ... the food. It's addicting!
I love the decoration with old pictures and old pieces of furniture although the place can be quite chaotic for the limited space. I have tried soups, breads, bakings and, of course, pies. Most of them are really good (especially breads), but pies. I tried different kinds, apple pie, blueberry and pumpkin pie... and found all pies were too sweet. The sweetness kills the flavors of the fruits. Another negative aspect of this place is their cashiers; they are not good at numbers. I have got wrong changes more than once. Just be careful.
My girlfriend talked up Savory Island Pie for a long time and I finally got to experience it the other day. It's a beautifully rustic location, but the seating leaves much to be desired. We ordered soup, which was good, but stood waiting for people to leave, or shuffle over so we could actually dine in. That never happened and people who walked in well after us grabbed tables because it's so packed in there it's hard to get across the small room to claim a table.
So we left and it's not likely I'll be returning. I'll try something else in West Van next time where we can actually get a seat without stressful competition.
Never tried the pie, but it looked great. The soups were hearty, homemade and very filling and tasty...we ate in Lighthouse Park...so they were a little cold by the time we got the spoon into them, but still decent.
I purchased a loaf of grain bread, which was huge, but it had a taste of the fridge or something in it...obviously not made that same day or something was off, so not a great first impression there either.
So all in all, it's a great concept, love the wood details...reminded me of an Irish cafe. But...there should be a little more concern for customer comfort, and fairness of how the tables are allocated...
I've been a fan of the Savary's Pies for quite a few years, but as of late I am a huge fan of their sandwiches and soups.
Their veggie sandwich is one of my favourite lunches. It is loaded with raw veggies and sandwiched between delicious slices of their whole grain bread, it is practically flawless, but it is a little too big of a meal for lunch sometimes. And i am yet to be disappointed by their soups (i've only had their vegetarian ones) which go great with the sandwich.
Now their pies, Wow! they are fantastic. I think it's not really worth the price for just a slice but getting a whole pie is a great deal. Their crust is amazing (unfortunately it has shortening in it. I asked them...) and their filling (if i'm not mistaken from watching them make it) is purely filled with fruit and only fruit! When I buy the whole pie, i can never eat just one slice.
But for the rest of their sweets i'd recommend asking the employees which ones they think are best, it's been hit or miss sometimes but usually the employees were able to recommend good ones. It's also hard to get a seat and it would probably be impossible to be able to seat a large group together, but with a group of 3 we've managed to get a seat by the time the food is made.
I'm absolutely shocked no one has wrote a review. This is the best Bakery/Pies/Sandwiches...etc in Vancouver. A real treat, and always consistent. Savory Island Pie has been around for years. Their Grilled cheese and Caesar salad is delicious and their Chicken pot pie is a must try. You can also get pies to go and there is an excellent selection of homemade breads and soup.
This place is often busy - and for good reason! Their food is amazing. Slightly pricey, but well worth it. Their pies are hands-down the best I have ever tasted. They have delicious sandwiches as well - my favourites are the grilled chicken basil ($12) and the veggie ($10). Sinfully good!
Like other reviewers have mentioned, the cafe is small and because it is so popular, it can be hard to find a table. Service can sometimes be slow, but trust me - it is worth the wait.
It's worth the wait, and the hassle getting a spot to sit in the crowded eating area. The pies are great (get the lemon buttermilk), you WILL slap your mother for the soda bread and scones, and the chai lattes are just right. Just make sure to bring someone along to snag some seating while you wait in line!