At À La Mode on Granville Island, it’s all about pies. Available in both savoury and sweet options, À La Mode’s display case will put you in the mood for some pie.
Inside the Public Market
À La Mode is located inside the Granville Island Public Market and you will typically see a line formed in front of it. The service is fast so the line moves quickly. The savoury pot pies are in a warmer and ready to be served. There is a dining area where À La Mode is located has a beautiful view of False Creek and has varying sized dining tables and counter tops. The area receives lots of people so be prepared to have to wait for a table. It may also be courteous to leave right away after you are done as there are probably others waiting for a seat. There are also dining tables and seating areas outside of the Public Market.
À La Mode Pie Menu
The À La Mode pot pies will tempt you with their deliciously-looking puff pastry crust over top of a mug, bowl or ramekin. Some of their savoury pies include salmon chowder, french onion, beef stew and mushroom.
There are sweet options as well like coconut cream, lemon meringue, and banana cream.
They also have a selection of delectable tarts including blackberry, raspberry and blueberry flavours.
What We Tried
I tried À La Mode for the first time last week and ordered a classic clam chowder pot pie. The appearance of the pot pie was impressive to me and I expected it to have decent portions. After I eagerly dug into the crust, I was a bit disappointed to find that the crust was thin to go with the amount of soup. The crust was buttery, flaky and delicious. The chowder had a nice flavour but seemed a bit too watery.
My husband’s mushroom and tomato pot pie came in a tall mug. It was flavourful but had the same issues: a thinner than expected crust and soup.
The pot pies at À La Mode were hearty but definitely seemed more “style over substance.” The pies appeared impressive and I was expecting a larger portion, but the pie crust and the soups seemed thin. I would say that the pies are expensive given the quality but I guess that is something expected in a tourist hotspot like Granville Island. Rating: 3/5
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