Ciao Chow Canine Bakery – an inter species dinner
‘In response to years of Frappucino envy, a Kickstarter campaign is helping London’s canine population to fund a café to call their own. No longer will they be ignored, leashed to a lamp post (or worse yet, confined to a handbag) while their caregivers scoff biscotti and swill skinny lattes. Dogs in the know will be making tracks for Ciao Chow Canine Bakery.’
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Sitting at the table with the two species side by side, with table settings to match (little bowls for dogs, wine glasses for us) was quite hilarious. Being in a fish bowl people outside were clearly quite puzzled by this Mad Hatter’s tea Party-like bunch of people and dogs all sat together at a shiny golden table top, with candles, glasses and gold rimmed crockery. Our first course was Melon and parma ham for us, melon for the pup: she’s fussy and she doesn’t like fruit…!
We then snacked on freshly cut Parmesan, grapes, walnuts and a gorgeous honey, while Amber chomped down quite quickly a Garlic and Parmesan cookie. We enjoyed a ‘bruschetta’ made with polenta, fresh tomatoes, mint and grated coconut, she equally enjoyed her matching course of an oreo like biscuit with a mint puree inside (for fresh breath!).
She wasn’t convinced by the following dish, very nicely served (a pumpkin puree with brown rice crispy bits). Instead, she slurped @bmcboy’s pumpkin and pea frittata! Coco and Beethoven also loved the frittata – a success for all species! I loved how the following dog course was presented – a really cute donut like cookie full of sunflower seeds, which the pooch polished off quite quickly. We on the other hand found an extremely light focaccia with seeds.
Finally, dessert time. Canine version was a peanut butter biscuit, while we got to try individually sized sbrisolona cakes, made with almond and peanuts, to match the canine dish.
It was a really fun and certainly different night – a good concept and worth pursuing for Ciao Chow as there is a market out there for places where dog owners can feel at ease and bring their pets to.
Catch Ciao Chow at 23 Frith Street, Soho, until 20 September.
Thanks Mark and Piper for such a different experience.