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Acclaimed chef Simon Rogan’s new venture, The Baker & The Bottleman, is a modern bakery and natural wine bar in Central Wan Chai.

Fans of Aulis Development Kitchen & Chefs Table, as well as Michelin-starred Roganic will be making a beeline for Wan Chai with the arrival of chef Simon Rogan’s newest creation, The Baker & The Bottleman, an innovative bakery that transforms into a vino enclave by night.

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Located on Lee Tung Avenue, the new venue represents the city’s first modern bakehouse shaped around sustainability and will serve a tantilising selection of British baked goods, each given a distinct Rogan twist. Led by Executive Chef Oli Marlow, the new eatery will produce all food in-house, from scratch, with a focus on working with boutique suppliers to source the best ingredients. These include beans from Accro Coffee and loose-leaf teas from local merchants.

Acclaimed chef Simon Rogan's new venture, The Baker & The Bottleman, is a modern bakery and natural wine bar in Central Wan Chai.

When it comes to baked goods, age-old artisanal pastry-making techniques and flavours with a strong British heritage will be employed to create British pastries, cakes and bread served fresh throughout the morning and afternoon. Highlights include Irish Soda Bread made with rye and wholemeal flour topped with golden syrup and oats; and Sourdough made with all-natural, GMO-free, unbleached, and ethically sourced flours from Alchermuhle, one of the oldest family mills in Germany.

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For something to keep the chill at bay, try the Breakfast Muffin, a traditional English muffin cooked with semolina, and filled with sausage patty, black pudding, brown sauce, and fried egg; the Coronation Chicken Sandwich, a simple yet delicious treat of buttery brioche buns with a filling of curried chicken breast, curry and coriander mayonnaise, sliced onion and buttered lettuce; and the Cheese and Ham Toastie, a comforting grilled cheese sandwich made from sliced fermented potato bread, English ham and Tunworth bechamel cheese.

Acclaimed chef Simon Rogan's new venture, The Baker & The Bottleman, is a modern bakery and natural wine bar in Central Wan Chai.

There will also be a host of sweets ranging from the Blueberry Swirl, a baked blueberry custard-filled roulade-style pastry with crisp, laminated croissant dough; and Chocolate Layers Cake, a dark chocolate-glazed cake with triple layers of almond chocolate sponge, milk chocolate and malt cream, and mascarpone and vanilla cream; to the Chocolate Brownie, made from 66% chocolate; and Pine and Strawberry Jam Doughnuts filled with homemade strawberry jam.

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For something to sate appetites at the other end of the day, The Bottleman is set to open upstairs at the end of the month, serving natural wines and simple snacks in a relaxed and casual space from 5 pm onwards. The natural wine list has been carefully curated by the Roganic team – overseen by Master Sommelier Pierre Brunelli – with the aim to introduce a unique portfolio of natural, organic, and biodynamic winegrowers to Hong Kong.

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