Soho’s cosmopolitan canines are in for a treat. No more being tethered to a lamppost while their owner pops in to a café for a gingerbread latte. Last week saw the launch of Ciao Chow on Frith Street: London’s first ever pop-up bakery for dogs. This pooch pasticceria boasts a bold monochrome interior, gourmet doggy ‘biscotti’ and Woof & Brew herbal tea for dogs. But is it worth our mutts getting hot under the collar? To find out, we sent Sara White – editor of online pet magazine and store Style Tails – and her dog George to test Ciao Chow’s delights. Here’s the verdict.
Barks (out of five) 3
The whiff of carrot and banana in this biscuit stack’s flaky layers prompted a rather large puddle of drool before the entire plateful was ingested in one go, much to the horror of onlookers.
After a quick sniff of this pumpkinpacked biscotti, George wolfed it down with much lip-smacking and appreciative grunts. They contain oats and cinnamon, which apparently aid digestion. What more could a hungry pooch want?
As soon as he saw these, George was involved in a little scuffle to get to them first. It ended with him ploughing headfirst into the plate to inhale these peanut treats.
Formaggio e Aglio
George gave this Italian inspired cheese and garlic biscuit a good licking before noshing it down in a furry flurry of crunching and crumbs.
Make Mine Mint
This After Eight-style munchy was received with a woof of approval. After all, nothing turns off a bitch quite like dog breath.