The guy didn't understand me at first and then he said "Oh, Yat-lah pies!" We were on the way to the Gold Coast and this was the second time we tried searching for Yatala Pies, recommended by CL, who, like Yi, is not even a pie-lover.
Once you get there (you must ask directions, because the roundabout that leads there branches off into 6 directions, plus if you are coming from Brisbane, you have to cross the highway), you know you won't be disappointed. Lots of cars in the big lot, and people sitting inside and out chomping on big pies slathered with tomato ketchup. (Off-track a little: I discovered all my 3 kids hate tomato ketchup, unlike me. I don't know if it's because years ago we saw this guy give a whole bottle of ketchup to his toddler at the airport KFC and she happily sucked on it. Yes, feed your babies ketchup, guys, and they'll grow big and tall and who cares if others have to eat her drool.) The pies weren't expensive so I went crazy as usual and ordered too much : steak n kidney (my favorite; so english), steak n mushrooms (very good), plain steak, beef bacon n cheese (the boys' favorite but I found it very salty), steak tomato n onion (very yum), chicken (good flavor but hardly any chicken in it), apple n custard (Wey said okay) n berry pies (very good but not much berries).
The pies are baked in old-fashioned ovens. The whole place felt like it was in the 50s.
The family serving pie at A$10/RM30 is a better deal than the individual pies at A$3.80 to A$4/RM12. The pies were very solid; weighed like a kilo each and as big as a US Big Mac and one will fill any stomach to the brim. While the fillings were very tasty and wet, I kinda was wary of the size and the puff pastry - there was so much of it (pastry).Still, pretty good pies.