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Bakehouse’s newly-opened Central branch means that Gregoire Michaud’s irresistible flaky pastries and sweet treats are more widely available than ever—here are five new items to try immediately

After two years since opening the original Wan Chai location, Gregoire Michaud is back with the second branch of his wildly popular bakery Bakehouse. The brand new Bakehouse Soho is a takeaway-only outlet where the pastry haven’s flaky treats and sourdough loaves are available to purchase all day. The new location on Staunton Street is hard to miss, being right beside the Mid-Levels escalator and neighbours Maison Libanaise.

Unlike the original, the new Bakehouse Soho has no seating, but is equipped with a functional kitchen where sandwiches are assembled to-order, together with a small kitchen set-up where pastries, breads, and coffees are prepared. The new location displays an abundance of freshly-baked goods, including croissants and their original sourdough egg tarts, both bestsellers at the Wan Chai location. Of course, there are a few exclusives and new launches here, too—so here are five new treats available at Michaud’s brand new bake shop, which officially opens at 7:00am on October 30, 2020.

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Sausage Roll

Not to be mistaken for pigs-in-a-blanket, where sausages are wrapped in bready doughs, Bakehouse’s sausage rolls are properly prepared­ with an enticing golden pastry encasing a well-seasoned herb sausage. The pastry is ethereally light and, the most important of all, leaves little grease on the fingertips after enjoying them. 

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The classic Tarte Tropezienne gets a revamp at Bakehouse Soho. Michaud's version infuses floral Tahitian vanilla into the pastry cream, which fills the sweet, pearl-sugar topped olive oil brioche buns; the chef prefers this vanilla rather than the Madagascar variety used in their donut filling, for its more rounded flavours.

Beef Rendang Pie

If there ever was a palatable version of #crispyrendang, this would be it. Inspired by the South East Asian braised beef dish with coconut and spices, the meaty filling bears a hint of heat. The real star, however, is in the bake. Flaky layers top to bottom and beautifully crimped sides of the pie makes this savoury treat an enjoyable and filling pie. We recommend enjoying them slightly warmed up, a service readily available at Bakehouse Soho. 

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Gruyere And Ham Viennese

Three new made-to-order sandwiches are available at Bakehouse Soho location, but it is the Gruyere cheese and ham Viennese that is best as a takeaway item. Prepared with Viennese bread—which is less crispy on the crust and more buttery than its French kin—who would resist this well-prepared ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with greens and a generous helping of mustard mayonnaise? We imagine this sandwich would also be great for autumn picnics. Other sandwiches available at Bakehouse Soho include the new beef brisket sandwich and Caprese-alike mozzarella, pesto, and tomato sandwich. 

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Hazelnut Pain au Chocolat

The only pastry at Bakehouse using chocolate dough, Michaud adjusts the laminated pastry dough by adding cocoa powder in the mix before folding in cold butter and baking into this beloved filled viennoiserie treat. The filling is rich and stays creamy at room temperature, thanks to a balanced blend of 70 per cent cocoa Ecuadorian chocolate and hazelnut praline paste. We have always enjoyed the pain au chocolat at Tai Hang's Plumcot, and this one is pretty close to one of the best in the city with a great crust and almost-molten nutty filling. 

Bakehouse Soho opens on October 30, 2020. Doors open at 7:00 am.

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