Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Yo Bago, Quarry Bay - Canadian bagels

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 2015, 11:03pm

Yo Bago is tucked within a cluster of hardware shops, but this hasn't stopped people from seeking it out and giving it positive reviews.

Opened three years ago by a Hongkonger fresh back from Canada, the popular little shop specialises in made-to-order bagos (better known as bagels). They areinexpensive, and the fillings and combos assure endless variety.

Made by an off-site bakery using the shop's recipe, the hot bagos come sliding out of a toaster. There are eight bagel flavours to choose from, including onion, spinach, chocolate, honey wheat and a small sesame bun.

The Great Canadian Breakfast bago sandwich (HK$45) - smoked ham, bacon, egg and mustard mayo - is simple but satisfying.

For an extra HK$3, you can get a poppy seed bago, while for an added HK$10, you can get a soup, a house salad or a drink.

Other bago sandwich options include the Vancouver Breakfast (HK$40; smoked salmon and pineapple) and the Bago cheesesteak (HK$56), which has 125 grams of rib-eye. There are also bagos with a range of shop-made spreads such as cream cheese, honey-walnut, strawberries and wasabi.

For the full Canadian experience, Yo Bago is probably the only shop in the city that offers Tim Horton coffee from the iconic coffee and doughnut chain.

Vanessa Yung

Yo Bago, 80 Pan Hoi Street, Quarry Bay.

Tel: 2561 7700. Open: Mon-Fri, 7.30am-7pm; Sat, 7.30am-3pm