03 May

Lust: Pie Society’s pies


Catch the pie and mash pop-up every Sunday in May

By Jake Newby

Better known as DJ Siesta, the promoter behind Shanghai’s biggest drum ‘n’ bass nights, Jane Tan has launched her first foray into the foodie world with British-style pie brand Pie Society. She’ll be selling her wares every Sunday in May as part of her pie and mash pop-up at Daga Cafe – 85RMB gets you a pie, two sides, a topping and a pint. Sides include pork scratchings, mushy peas and, of course, mashed potato.

Tan is currently producing a number of different fillings to go inside her delicious pie crusts including steak and ale, chicken and tarragon, and a cheesy vegetarian offering. We were fortunate enough to get a preview tasting and they were easily some of the best pies we’ve eaten in Shanghai. It ought to be well worth catching her pop-up pie stall this month.

Pie Society is at Daga Cafe every Sunday in May.

This article was originally published on www.timeoutshanghai.com. Read the original article.

31 Mar

Alternative Eats: Pie Society


By Nyima Pratten

We delve deep into Shanghai’s food underbelly to give you an alternative view of the city’s dining scene.

Alternative Eats this month comes to you hot off the press. There is a new, Englishstyle pie company in town and by the looks of things, they may just “pie off” the competition. Pie Society made their debut onto the Shanghai foodie scene by hosting a pop-up restaurant at Magnet and sold out within two and a half hours. This was shortly followed by a stand at Shanghai Tattoo’s Day Drinking event where they sold out within two hours. Jane Siesta of Pie Society claims they “just can’t make them fast enough”!

You may recognise Siesta as “DJ Siesta” who has been working as a DJ/Promoter for the past 15 years, however, her second passion in life is cooking. After living and studying in the UK, Siesta fell in love with the country’s food and the British food revival that the UK has experienced over the past ten years. You may not hear this everyday, but Siesta claims “UK food is amazing”! After having already perfected her cottage pie recipe, she set her sights on pastry encased pies, which she made for the first time two months ago. After they were so well received by her British friends, she decided it was time to expand her horizons.

The concept behind Pie Society came about from Siesta’s idea of bringing together creative, young, food lovers to eat, talk and make pies together, hoping that it would act as the catalyst for other projects spawning from their full and inspired bellies. Siesta has already met a young pie enthusiast from the UK by the name of “Butcher Farrell” with whom she will be collaborating in the future through her events, so the proof really is in the pudding, or should we say, pie!

Pie Society uses 100% free-range meat and eggs in their pies along with locally sourced vegetables to ensure the highest taste and quality for customers. As Pie Society’s pies are made in the traditional English way, a flaky, crispy, baked pastry top is essential and therefore Siesta home makes her pastry dough using the finest flour and fats. Due to the nature of pop-up events, if you get there late in the day, you will find that most flavours have sold out, however, Pie Society pies currently come in steak, mushroom and ale, steak and cheese, chicken, leek and tarragon, as well as the Homity Pie (a vegetarian option). Speciality pies are also available such as the Irish Shepherdless and Gourmet Steak and Stilton. Siesta is also always developing new flavours and is open to new suggestions for speciality pies from fellow pie worshipers.


Pie Society is so new that they are not available in stores yet, however, they have launched a website which promises to be transactional in the near feature. The pies will also be out to play for a month long stint of Sunday pop-ups in May at DAGA (36 Tai’an Lu, near Xingguo Lu. Tel: 3469 5337), where Siesta will be offering up pie and pint brunches. The menu will be designed around the drinks, sides and condiments. Siesta will also be at DAFF in June, when she will be inviting guest pie-makers to create their own versions of the pastry dish. Single pies start from RMB 30 (for the veggie version) and Pie and Pint sets with two sides come in at RMB 85 or RMB 65 without sides.

Pie Society. Tel: 138 1629 9297. Web: www.piesociety.co

This article was originally published on shanghai.talkmagazines.cn. Read the original article.

05 Mar

Pie & Mash Pop-Up this Sunday 9/Mar!!


To celebrate the great British Pie Week, Pie Society teams up with the guys at Magnet to bring all pie-lovers together for day of some good ol’ pie-worshipping.

Pie&Pint sets are on offer and the flavors include English staples –

  • steak, mushroom and ale
  • steak & cheese
  • chicken, leek & tarragon
  • and a vegetarian option, the Homity Pie.

The sets come with one pie of your choice, 2 sides (mash, garden peas, chips, salad), gravy, and a pint of lager/shandy/lemonade/Arnold Palmer/bottle of Guinness to wash down the yummy crumbs.

Pie & Pint Set with 2 sides: ¥85 | Without sides: ¥65

British pub-favorites is on the playlist, until the Magnet Sunday Sessions DJs take over at 3pm.   

Limited pies available, Pie Society Pop Up opens on Sunday 9/Mar and closes when the pies are sold out. So make sure u get there early!

For more info: www.piesociety.co / 13816299297