Baofriend is renowned for its creative cuisine inspired by bao, a versatile bun with fillings.


Baofriend now open in Abu Dhabi Corniche area

Baofriend has opened a restaurant in Abu Dhabi, spreading its culinary wings from Dubai to the foodie-rich capital of the UAE.

The restaurant, located at the Abu Dhabi Corniche area, is its second outlet in the UAE. The Abu Dhabi branch has already been introduced in a soft opening, but has quickly emerged as a perfect foodie spot with delicious, wholesome bites and drinks from Baofriend’s signature menu.

Baofriend, whose first thriving outlet is at Dubai Silicon Oasis, is renowned for its creative cuisine inspired by bao, which is the centerpiece of their culinary offerings. The versatile steamed bun with fillings can be adapted for both sweet and savory dishes.

“We are thrilled to have formally opened our newest branch in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and we are even more excited to not just to serve our signature dishes, but also to interact with our customers,” said Dr. Ali Al Ibrahim and Junah Balungcas, the dynamic duo behind Baofriend.

“Aside from serving up our uniquely delicious menu, we aim to provide that vibrant and lively atmosphere befitting our vision of providing the best dining experience possible – because we’re Baofriend, and it’s in our name,” the duo said in a statement.

The opening of Baofriend in Abu Dhabi is part of its broader plan to open more branches and expand its reach, with a goal of 10 locations over the next five years.

The Baofriend team boasts a diverse cuisine headlined by their made-from-scratch bao. Their best-sellers feature Short Rib Bao, Yanked Chicken and Katsu Baoger, plus unique takes on salmon, pad thai and a wide array of several mouth-watering dishes.

A crowd favourite is the “Saudi-Filipino Affair”, a delightful fusion of saleeg rice and chicken adobo — and a true testament to the restaurant’s culinary prowess.

Dr. Al Ibrahim and Ms. Balungcas are committed to a meticulous approach in establishing stable new outlets while retaining the success of existing ones – emphasizing the necessity of calculated expansion at the right time.

“We definitely want to see our brand grow, and so far we are more than overwhelmed with our first two branches,” Dr. Al Ibrahim said.

“At the same time, we are studying the market and looking at all our options. We would love to be present in places that are very accessible and in which we can serve our patrons in a great setting to complement our extraordinary offerings,” he added. ICA/Expat Media

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