How different countries serve the time-honed pastry classic
Cornish pasty While you might think of pies as distinctly British, one fiercely regional part of England, Cornwall (which even has its own language) has its own version. It is a large dumpling-like item entirely encased in pastry, and usually stuffed with beef and potato. Dhs37. Qube Sports Bar, The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3780).
Empanadas The Latin American answer to the pie are these little stuffed pastry items, seen all over the continent in various guises. At Gaucho, you can sample a selection of suitably highfalutin recipes, such as confit duck leg with shallots, foie gras and garlic, or creamed corn (aka ‘humita’) with basil and mozzarella. Dhs23 each. Gaucho, DIFC (04 422 7898).
Fatayer The Lebanese are well-versed in making their own versions of delicious pastry covered treats, usually seen on the hot mezze selection, such as fatayer, sambousek and cheese rolls. Head to Moulin D’Or, and you can sample a lengthy list of these little treats from as little as Dhs1 each. From Dhs1. Moulin D’Or Bakery and Grill, Zabeel Road, Karama (04 336 9994).
Mousakhan This Palestinian pie is traditionally made with chicken, onions and sumac, placed on thin flatbread and rolled up together. And you can get to sample this at Sim Sim. Dhs72. Sim Sim, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 454 2319).
Soubeureg Soubeureg is an Armenian pie made with melted cheese and flaky pastry. Despite tasting indulgent and delicious, it also has a light quality. At Mayrig, it is made with three types of cheese. Dhs40. Mayrig, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 453 9945). View Who ate all the pies