One of the most recommended, both from the baker and customers, pies for a pie test in the history of Brisbane’s Best Pie has been Gisler’s Pies.  In keeping with my current focus on the suburbs of Brisbane for testing venues, today’s test led me to Burbank and Gisler’s Roadside Pie Cafe. 

With all of the recommendations I have received for these pies (along with criticism for not having tested them already), needless to say I had very high expectations for my test this week.  I am pleased to report that not only were those expectations met they were exceeded. 

The pie I tested was the Gisler’s plain pie.

Gisler’s Roadside Pie Cafe, Burbank – plain pie (photo by the author)

Here is how I rated this pie:


I have tasted now some 25 pies in the search for Brisbane’s Best Pie and I have to say that Gisler’s plain pie is up there with the best of them.  In fact of all of the “plain pies” I have tested today’s pie tasted the best so far.  It was hearty and meaty and the elements were perfectly matched together.  I can not fault this pie from a taste perspective. 

Meat and Gravy

I absolutely loved the gravy in the Gisler’s plain pie.  It was thick and tasty – it was just perfect.  The meat was plentiful and roughly cut and complimented the gravy very well.  This element of the pie was spot on. 


Readers might accuse me of hyperbole however I have to say that the pastry on this pie was the easily in the top 3 of the pies I have tested so far.  The base of the pie was cooked perfectly and was neither too soft nor too hard: it was just right! The lid was crisp and flaky.  I can not fault the Gisler’s plain pie pastry.


This pie was hot but not that hot that I could not eat it immediately upon purchase.


The Gisler’s plain pie was a standard sized pie.



The Final Word

It is simple: the Gisler’s plain pie is a great pie.  All of the elements worked together perfectly.  To be fair, given some of the “feedback” I have copped for not having tried this pie quickly enough, I am glad it was great because there would no doubt be some readers that suggest I had pre-judged the pie if my rating had have been bad.  I can not fault this pie and am happy to rank it as one of the best I have tried (plain or not) on the search for Brisbane’s Best Pie. 


Gisler’s Roadside Pie Cafe is on Mt. Gravatt – Capalaba Road in Burbank.  If you are coming from the Brisbane CBD just get on Mt. Gravatt – Capalaba Road and follow it till you see the pie truck.  You really can’t miss it but I have included a photo below just in case.  Gisler’s also has sites in Cleveland and North Ipswich.  They are definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!

Gisler’s Roadside Pie Cafe Truck

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