The Bao Makers have recently relocated to a new site in the hip foodie area of Kheong Siak (4 Jiak Chuan Road) and with the renovations has come with another surprise!
Originally located on Horne Road, The Bao Makers was formed in 2013 when husband and wife team, Suyi and Eugene decided it was time to have their own business. With Suyi having a passion for food and coffee, opening a café was a no brainer to them. The couple have a passion for travel and have brought back many ideas from all over the world which all come together at their ventures in Singapore. It was on one such trip to London that the inspiration for The Bao Makers was found - an eastern food meets a western drink - and so the concept was born.
Walking into the café, it’s hard not to notice the gorgeous long-bar made of bright white tiles and finished off with a mahogany wood table top. Balls of light hang from the ceiling creating a whole new feel to the place and making it more sophisticated than it’s last incarnation on Horne Road. I love how the huge windows allow natural light to come in adding warmth to the massive space they have.
If you don’t know the concept, it takes a local delicacy and adds interesting twists to the classic flavours. They have a wide range to choose from and if you can’t decide what to pick some of my favourites include the salmon mentaiko, salted egg chicken and of course, the belly of pork bao. Pair these bad boys with the crowd’s favourite 22 Martin espresso brewed on the classic La Marzocco PB and you are in for a treat! They also serve different types of buns like sesame or steamed, but if you feel like you deserve a treat, they even have deep-fried buns too! If buns aren’t your thing though, or your feeling like something heavier, they have ranges of pastas and rice bowls to choose from too – something to suit every mood.
So here’s the surprise, the new location houses not only a café and bakery during the day, but also a steak bar at night. As Keong Saik transforms itself into a nightlife destination so does The Bao Maker’s becoming Butler’s Steakhouse - the new kid on the block which I think you should watch out for. Of course steak is the best thing on the dinner menu, which you can pair with one of their many wines. If you are the kind of person who loves drinking but not such a fan of the alcohol taste, they also have some delicious cocktails (mojitos, yum!) to choose from.
The Bao Makers and Butler’s Steakhouse are both products of Suyi and Eugene’s passion for food and coffee. I admire the relationship they have with their staff, treating all of them like family which you can feel filters down to the service they provide. So, make a date to drop by for a delicious latte or settle in for a feed any time of the day - these people know how to welcome you!