After Stax Diner, Boondocks, and Famous Flames, Bea Vo keeps on expanding her Feed Your Soul family and has established the Butterscotch Bakery last year. It started as an online ordering site, then to a pop-up stall at the Old Street station. Now it has a permanent site at the new business hub in White City Place.
Bea first started her journey with Bea’s of Bloomsbury back in 2008. It was all about cakes and afternoon teas. She co-founded Bloomsbury’s UAE in 2011, however, left the UK site in 2013 to start up Stax Diner. The establishment of Butterscotch Bakery is kind of a full circle to get back to baking.
Butterscotch’s Old Street pop-up stall solely focuses on cakes (the brownies are to die for). At their cafe, it’s more than just the fabulous cupcakes and brownies. They are still available but on top of all of that, they offer a variety of fresh pastries, quality coffees, and features an all-day porridge bar. And I was fortunate enough to be invited to their press launch last Friday to see what this build-your-own breakfast concept is all about.
Goldilocks Porridge Bar
The Goldilocks Porridge Bar is certainly a highlight of this place. Whilst porridge isn’t always the most popular breakfast item outside the world of fitness fanatics, Butterscotch Bakery has a fun way of popularizing it by introducing a build-your-own porridge concept.
The first step is to choose your porridge base. You get to choose from normal oatmeal, 5-grain organic coconut porridge, or the Greek Yoghurt / Chia Seed Pudding bowl. I went for the normal one, picked up my little tray (there were a few cute designs to choose from), and shifted towards the topping bar.
There was such a huge selection of toppings available. From dairy, fruit compotes, fresh fruits, sugar/spices, sauces, nuts & seeds etc., you won’t run out of choices and are bound to pack all your favourites into one bowl. I almost felt like a kid walking into Willy Wonka’s factory and find a never-ending selection in front of me.
I would really want a bit of everything if possible but at the end I narrowed it down to a mere few. In my bowl of porridge, I got a swirl of chocolate fudge sauce, a sprinkle of brown sugar and coconut palm sugar, and topped it off with some toasted coconut flakes. It’s a simple one but with a little tease of naughtiness.
The porridge was cooked incredibly smooth and got a lovely subtle milky touch which I really enjoyed. It was done perfectly to my liking and came as a good portion as well. I loved it and felt completely satisfied with it!
A piece of each speciality pastry available that morning had been offered too. There was the savoury flavour of the day – Mushroom & Parmesan Croissant, which was my most favourite one. Other memorable ones included the Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissant and the Hazelnut Croissant. These croissants were beautifully buttery and flakey. It was the perfect morning pick-me-up.
Last but not least, I had a cup of Flat White to wrap up this hearty breakfast. Their coffee is from Square Mile Coffee Roasters. The coffee blend came with an acidic touch and tasted a little sour to my preference. But all and all it was still a decent one.
…Butterscotch Bakery certainly has a unique concept and offering quality breakfast & bakery items. I really enjoyed the porridge bar, and its pastries aren’t too shabby either. I’m excited about where Butterscotch Bakery will achieve and if you happen to be around the area, do pop in for a visit!
Nearest station: White City