Baofriend, a new Asian cuisine hot spot in the UAE

Baofriend, a new Asian cuisine hot spot in the UAE

UAE-based F&B firm Restaurant Secrets Inc. has announced the opening of its latest restaurant serving bao and Asian-fusion cuisine, Baofriend in Dubai Digital Park.

With eccentric, eye-catching interiors, Baofriend is the city’s latest casual, foodie hot spot. Comprising a more refined version of Asian food-truck favorites, with an emphasis on baos, the menu at Baofriend offers breakfast, bao, small plates, maki, bowls and desserts.

Baofriend’s interior is inspired by the dynamic food trucks that are popular in Asia. Natural greenery and neon lighting bring the outdoors indoors. The walls feature oddly shaped mirrors, work by local graffiti artists, vintage license plates and signs from across Asia. The menu features an array of tempting dishes, like the katsu baoger, ramen kimchi, Thai red curry, wok-fried udon, steamed bao sundae with honeycomb, miso caramel sauce, and the dark chocolate caramelized pashmak bao with pistachio halva mousse, pomegranate and rose water.

Gabrielle F. Mather, CEO and founder of Restaurant Secrets Inc., said: “It was a pleasure for the entire team to work on this project, especially because the owners have a great vision for their F&B venture as well as their people. Junah Corona and Ali Ibrahim, the proud owners of Baofriend came on board with a dream and not only has an amazing restaurant become their reality, but it has also led to great friendships and meaningful employment for a team under their care.”

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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