Essex-based kitchen design house Salix has designed and installed the new kitchen for Taiwanese and Chinese street food-inspired small restaurant chain Bao’s new opening in Fitzrovia, London.
Rod Cullen of Salix designed and managed the project, and had to cope with just a 25m2 space for the open plan kitchen. “We knew from experience this was going to be an incredibly busy kitchen – Bao’s first restaurant in Soho seats 32 and serves up to 200-300 covers a day,” he said.
“To cope with that level of activity the refrigeration has to be top quality. The client specified they wanted a UK manufacturer and that the refrigeration should focus on the environment and energy efficiency.”
Therefore the distributor advised the end user to choose Precision Refrigeration as the cabinet supplier. Cullen detailed: “We had to fit nine cabinets into this kitchen. Versatility became key in selecting to work with Precision, which has a vast product range.
“It allowed us to get maximum storage capacity in a very limited space. We made full use of gastronorm cabinets, slimline cabinets, under counters and variable temperature drawers. We also used Precision wall-mounted refrigeration cabinets and there’s even room for a blast chiller – all in just 25m2.”
Bao’s co-founder, Shing Tat Chung, commented: “The Salix team has been very responsive and professional – to fit all this equipment into a workable kitchen design required a really creative, expert eye.”
According to Cullen: “It’s great to be working with Shing Tat Chung, his sister Wai Ting and his wife, Er Chen, on this new site. They are right at the top of their game professionally and have a very exact and demanding eye for restaurant design, so it’s been challenging for everyone at Salix to help deliver this very different project – the look and build quality of the Precision cabinets fitted the bill perfectly.”
Chung agreed: “We never have a problem with Precision. The models look good, are easy to clean, top quality, and very reliable.”