Quick Bites

Bread & Beast


Date of reviewNov 05, 2015
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LocationWan Chai

G/F, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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About a year ago, Bread & Beast rumbled onto the scene via Island East Markets, serving their irreverent brand of quality sandwiches filled with all manner of delicious meats. They’re big fans of puns, and so their debut sandwich was a pork-based “Unporchettable” – a creation that is still on the menu today. New items have joined the roster, including the Kentucky-san (fried chicken) and Yu Banh Mi (flaky, juicy battered fish paired with pickles and crunchy vegetables), all available at this good-looking spot on the Queen’s Road East side of Swatow Street. Cool greys and illustrations of various namesake beasts adorn the walls, and the whole place is staffed by keen, young staff. It’s a kind of café where they’ll ask you for your name when you place your order, rather than hand you a number. 

We like the nods to local foods, such as the Ngau Lam Wich, a reference to the tender braised beef brisket found in our favourite Hong Kong noodle shops; here, the meat is partnered with chu hou-flavoured mayonnaise (the soybean-based sauce is a key component in that unctuous ngau lam mein gravy) and crisp slices of daikon and spring onion. There are also thin lotus root crisps that come with a nam yu (fermented soybean paste) mayonnaise, though you only get a little drizzle of it on top – unfortunate, since plain lotus root crisps just aren’t that exciting on their own. Soups and salads are also inventive, such as the “Lennon” fries, which take their cue from the flavour profiles of okonomiyaki.

Things take a while to be made, and lunchtimes can be particularly hectic. But we’re sure they’ll pick up the pace.