Fan of exotic breakfasts?
Take a bao.
Because this November, the people behind everyone’s favourite cult Taiwanese restaurant micro-chain are going to open up Cafe Bao in King’s Cross’ Pancras Square. It’ll neighbour the all-new Hoppers – which, at 6,000 combined square feet, will be easily the largest site in either portfolio.
The other four locations have gradually increased in size, from a tiny street stall in Hackney, to a packed-out Soho sleeve, to a two-floor Fitzrovia flagship, all the way to a Borough Market venue with its own karaoke room.
This one’s described as “a nostalgic take on Western-style cooking commonly found throughout Asian cafes”, and it’ll draw its inspiration from the iconic Bolero restaurant in Taipei city (literally the country’s oldest Western eatery), as well as from the cafes & tea-rooms of Japan and Hong Kong.
There’ll be an onsite bakery, and you can expect breakfast goods ranging from a whole bao loaf with syrup and butter, to a baked ham hock congee pie, and a bacon, egg, and cheese spring onion pancake. And on the all-day menu, there’ll be luxe bao with lobster; ‘pizza bao’ stuffed with meat and cheese; and even ‘BAOfiteroles’, profiterole versions of their iconic deep fried Horlicks ice cream bao. But the real star of the show is going to be the Pump Street Chocolate bao cookie, which will be available to take away.
You know what, take two baos.
NOTE: Cafe Bao is due to open in the third week of November. We’ll be back with the full scoop when they do, but in the meantime you can keep an eye on their website HERE.
Cafe Bao | 4 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG
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