Inspired by the western style cafes of Asia, Café BAO will seek to bring the flavours of the far East to King’s Cross when its new branch opens in the area in late November 2020.
BAO’s latest venue, the chain’s fourth branch in London, will offer all-day dining with a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The menu will feature several BAO favourites as well as the restaurant’s take on a number of western style dishes such as Chicken XO Kiev and Ham Hock Congee Pie.
The all-day menu will also feature a BAO hamburger, a fried chicken dish as well as Lobster BAO. And for those with a sweet tooth, Cafe BAO will have a range of tantalising deserts, including BAOfiteroles, Molten Chocolate & Salted Egg ‘Muffin’ BAO and a Salted Caramel BAO Cookie.
In addition to the all-day restaurant, a Grab and Go counter will serve a range of baked goods from the venue’s own dedicated inhouse bakery, as well as a selection of teas and coffees.
“The inspiration for Cafe BAO stemmed from Yōshoku cuisine, an interpretation of western food, seen through an Asian lens” said the chain’s Founder and Food Art Director Erchen Chang to Hot Dinners website recently. “After a recent trip to Taipei, Hong Kong, and Osaka” Chang added: “we realised we wanted to bring it to life”.
BAO is the work of Chang, alongside his business partners, Wai Ting & Shing Tat Chung. The chain began life in 2013 from a tiny market stall in an East London car park. However, after proving an immediate success, the trio opened their first restaurant in Soho in 2015. BAO now have three sites, with the original Soho venue complemented by branches in Fitzrovia and Borough Market.
Café BAO will open at 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross in late November 2020. More information about the restaurant can be found here.
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