Preview of Exeter Quay’s new Asian fusion restaurant, Wabi-Sabi Bay


The doors of Exeter’s newest restaurant – Wabi-Sabi Bay – will open to the public for the first time today, offering visitors to the wharf a unique Asian fusion experience.

A taste of what’s to come was given through its dim sum and bao pop-up bar which operates from off premises while the restaurant has been refurbished next to the Puerto Lounge.

Owner Jonathan Bailey already runs a Wabi-Sabi Bay restaurant in Paignton, which he opened just over a year ago. It is now bringing its popular flavors – which also extend to Japanese, Chinese, Korean and others – to Exeter Quay.

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It will open today, March 4. He describes his menu as having a selection of popular street foods, classic dishes and new variations of spicy and honest dishes.

The restaurant was previously the home of Asian street food Ganbeis which suddenly closed last year just months after opening.

Wabi-Sabi Bay can’t wait to see you!

The signature dishes that Wabi-Sabi Bay is already famous for are its bao rolls which include its twice-cooked crispy pork belly bao with gochujang sauce, pickled cucumber, wasabi peas and spring onions.

Other dishes on its menu include Thai green curry, a mixed dim sum platter and Yaki udon noodles.

Delicious - Inside Wabi-Sabi Bay
Delicious – Inside Wabi-Sabi Bay

Looking forward to bringing a new experience to Exeter Quay, Jonathan, 33, who has worked in the food industry throughout his career, said: ‘When lockdown hit I had been trying to get out on the manufacturing side of the food industry and open a restaurant.

“Lockdown gave me the opportunity to set up a takeaway in Torbay which later became Wabi-Sabi Bay and grew from there.

“We really take pride in our food. We produce everything from scratch and make it authentic and pretty so it tastes as good as it tastes.

Wabi-Sabi Bay's food is prepared entirely from scratch
Wabi-Sabi Bay food is fully cooked

“We have decided to open a pop-up with tables and chairs outside our restaurant from December 28 in Exeter so people can start trying our bao buns and dim sum.

“Particularly for Exeter, I have developed a range of ramen [a Japanese noodle soup] that we don’t sell in Paignton. It takes 48 hours just to make the broth.”


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