A couple of blogs ago, K posted a picture of a pie from the Emerald Hill Bakery at the South Melbourne Markets
It was pretty good, pastry was very short, and the mince was fruity and tasty. Definitely worth another go.
Above are mince pies from Brunetti's (the one with the star cut out) and Laurent.
The one from Laurent had good filling, good balance of spice and fruit, but the pastry was too thin and not buttery enough. Probs not again.
The Brunetti's pie was sadly disappointing. The pastry was ok, not very buttery and too thick but had a nice sugar crust on top. And whilst advertised as rum mince pies, the rum was too much and you could barely taste the fruit, and certainly no spice. Won't be bothering about them any more.
So all in all, 2 out of 3 so far reviewed not meeting my admittedly very high standards.