Bagel Central: It’s hard to believe Central survived all this time without its own A-grade bagel store. Now, thanks to two English boys whose love for bagels drove them to do their research and dive into the local market, we can say hello to Central’s very own bagelry.
Look & Feel: Tucked neatly into Li Yuen Street West and decked out in white-heavy decor alongside some wooden tables and laid-back tunes, this neat little spot is cozy indeed. Some friendly smiles from staff and the aroma of both coffee and bagels make it all too welcoming.
On the menu: The early morning sees three dedicated breakfast bagels which includes the English Breakfast, Maple Bacon & Egg and The Florentine (All $50 each) available from open until 10am. Following breakfast, there are several other bagels including the The Hampton ($75), which comes with grilled chicken, pesto, candied walnuts, toasted peppercorns, cream cheese and sun-dried cranberries; as well as a fresh fruit bagel ($50) and a daily soup ($45) and salad ($68). The beverage menu ranges from flat whites ($35) with beans courtesy of Allpress Coffee to juice ($30) and tea from Brew Tea in the UK.
Great for: Short escapes from the city where you can enjoy a decent lunch for under $100.
FYI: There’s free WiFi, good desk space and the coffee is awesome — great for a little freelance work. A few weeks before opening, the pair of owners took a dedicated food trip to the States to roll bagels with some old-school Jewish bagel boilers and eat their way around New York.
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop will update this post once we’ve visited in person.