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A Bagelful Morning

 

 

The waffling scent of toasted bread, buttery eggs and the bittersweet aroma of brewing coffee… this is the ideal morning wake-up call. And for those of us not lucky enough to have a live-in chef or a kitchen-friendly roommate, the answer lies in the Rug Caf茅.


Like the menu, the whole space just breathes wholesomeness and freshness-  filled with light pouring in from the ceiling-to-floor windows.


The stars here are the bagels. All are organic; take your pick from plain to whole wheat, savoury onions to the festive-smelling cinnamon and raisins. If deciding proves too difficult, there’s also the everything bagel. To go with these you’ll find a spread of jams, cream cheese and peanut butter.


Do yourself a favour and tuck into the brunch sets. There’s the Egg-lovers Breakfast – a hearty happy plate of eggs how-you-want-them, a crispy roasted-style potato hash, grilled tomatoes and fat, flavoursome sausages. All on top of the ring of your choice.


The Eggs Benedict is an indulgent affair. Two pearly poached eggs just calling out to be broken into. The golden yolk seeps right out, smothering the tower of salmon (or ham), wilted spinach and bagel beneath.
For carnivores, there are also juicy steak-bagels. For health-bunnies, there is some fine homemade yoghurt (al-naturelle and unsweetened, a rare find in China!), topped with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, and sprinkled with walnuts and crystallised honey beads.


Brunch sets are priced from just CNY 70 and come with a mug of steaming fresh coffee.


A word of warning, it’s too easy to be distracted from your brunch-craving by the wonderfully alluring array of main meals. Inevitably the menu is a mouth-watering picture book!


So prepare to flip longingly through pages of bagel-sandwiches – classic salmon avocado, roasted vegetables, and tempting fillings to satisfy meat-lovers. There are also plenty of homey pastas and bakes.
Solution: why not lounge around until the next meal. The cushion-lined outdoor patio is very welcoming on a sunny day.


Now don’t forget dessert. The cheesecake with strawberry balsamic sauce is a creamy treat to end on.


Ahh, a good morning to you Beijing!


Find the Rug Caf茅 in Building 4, Lishui Jiayuan, on Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu; just opposite Chaoyang Park South Gate.

 

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