A’s aunt was raving to us about the chicken pies and strawberry shortcake from Purple Rose Café, so we went there again on Saturday to try our luck. It was only about 4 pm, but they had run out of their regular-sized chicken pies, and only had the minis left. We had 2 of the minis ($1.20 each), and got a quarter portion of the strawberry shortcake ($11) to go, because again they didn’t have the single slices available.
The pies were surprisingly good. The filling was potato, carrot and shredded chicken – no peas! It wasn’t too creamy either, just good old-fashioned filling. The full size is $4.50, and they said if we order in advance they can even bake a giant size. Chicken pie birthday ‘cake’, anyone?
The strawberry shortcake was absolutely divine. This is also no-frills; no fresh strawberry slices or anything. Just sponge cake that literally melts in your mouth, layers of strawberry jam and sweetened whipped cream. I anticipate going back quite regularly to get my fix of this.
To avoid disappointment, I would suggest calling ahead to reserve anything that you like, because the display cases were quite forlornly half empty by 4 pm.
Very good. But not cheap. Unless you want to be really cheapskate and drink loads of free flow coffee there.
Purple Rose Cafe
Block 42, Holland Drive
Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Public Holidays: 11 am to 3 pm