The Gist: Modern Asian food for takeaway breakfasts and lunch
The Chef: Rohit Chugh
Location: 6 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LR
Food in 5 words: Pungent smells making mouths water
See more: http://bambusalondon.com/
How did we get here?
Through the former managing director of The Cinnamon Club, Rohit Chugh. He has two restaurants, with his first, Roti Chai, opening in Marylebone 2011, while the second includes a toddy shop bar called Chai Ki, which arrived in Canary Wharf in 2015.
Now he is making a move into the fast casual sector with the opening of Bambusa, his first cafe venue, which will predominantly offer takeaway dishes for breakfast and lunch.
What’s different about it?
It’s not your usual takeaway fare. The menu has an eclectic offering of breakfast and all-day dishes with global influences, but mainly inspired by Chugh’s travels and work over the last two years in Laos, Singapore, Japan and across Asia. Dishes have been described as home-style and will be based on recipes shared with Chugh by friends and family.
Bambusa features a coffee and pastry counter at the front of the cafe and a separate counter for customers to build their own breakfast and lunch-to-go.
It is serving up its own Monsoon Masala house blend with fresh pastries from London bakeries, such as east London’s Galeta. Food and drink will also be served in sustainable sugarcane packaging.
Not content on just doing in-house takeaway, there are plans later in the year to provide a delivery service for offices and residents in the surrounding area.
You’ve got to try...
Starting breakfast off with a bang. Options include egg scramble buns with sriracha mayo, scrambled eggs with edamame beans or Kewpie omelette sliders.
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The build your own lunches, with a base of sushi rice or mixed leaves, to top with the likes of ginger shoyu chicken – roasted chicken thighs with soy, mirin, orange zest, sesame, ginger and garlic; chilli bean tofu; vegan kimchi BBQ jackfruit and red chilli gochujang; or nam pla chicken salad – smoked chicken breast with fresh mint, coriander, lemongrass, chilli and fish sauce.
You want to make your colleague’s jealous as you scoff the food down at your desk.