BAO London (Fitzrovia)

Bao London opened their second branch in Fitzrovia this year, which is larger and more spacious than their Soho branch. It has a tapas bar layout but with BAO style design, which is simple like their first branch.

The menu is different to the Soho branch with the classic bao being the only item that both branches serve.

BAO Fitzrovia

Raw Langoustine, Dulse, Aged Soy, Oyster Leaf (£4 3/4) had a refreshing flavour. But it did have a strong fishy taste and not to every one liking.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef Cheek & Tendon Nuggets (£4) is served with a spicy sauce. The tendon gives the nuggets a mixture of textures – where the beef cheek has the creamy soft texture and the tender has a jelly texture.

BAO Fitzrovia

Duck Hearts, Chilli Garlic Sauce (£5.50) was surprisingly to be my favourite dish. I love the tender texture of the duck heart and all the flavours worked well. The sauce is not as spicy as I thought and only has a slight kick.

BAO Fitzrovia

Fried Chicken Chop (£5.50) is served with a raw egg yolk and hot sauce. I requested the hot sauce separately as it was spicy for me. The chicken was moist and succulent in a crispy coating.

BAO Fitzrovia

Sanbei Octopus (£6) comes in a fairly spicy sauce which was tangy and vinaigrette. The octopus is more on the chewy side than tender. It came served with fat that is deep-fried and topped with fragrant Thai basil.

BAO Fitzrovia

Classic Bao (£4) is made up of braised pork, ferments, coriander and peanut. This is the same bao found in the Soho branch. The bun never fail at BAO, which is fluffy and soft.

BAO Fitzrovia

Cod Black (£5) is made up of fried cod, ng sauce and hot sauce. Again I asked for the hot sauce to be served separately. This bao is definitely a recommendation to order. As well as the duck hearts this was has to be the other favourite dish at BAO. The fish is deep-fried in a black battered and under this you will find moist cod meat.

BAO Fitzrovia

Beef shortrib, Marro, Eryngii (£3.40) comes with the soy cured egg yolk. The sauce is served separately and Wai Ting (one of the co-founder) explained to us to eat this dish, you pour the sauce over the rice and mix every thing together.

BAO Fitzrovia

At their Fitzrovia branch they do not serve their bao ice cream. Instead they do two milkshake which uses Gelupo ice cream. We tried the chocolate and rice milkshake which tasted like chocolate milkshake. Personally I felt for £5 it was expensive and I would rather pay for their bao ice cream.

It is not cheap to eat at BAO London. For two people we spent about £26 each including service charge.

(Not Sponsored. Prices and Menu correct at the time of dining)

BAO London (Fitzrovia branch)
31 Windmill Street,
Fitzrovia
London,
W1T 2JN

http://baolondon.com

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BAO (Soho)

BAO is popular in London for serving Tawainese style bao and they have a store in Soho which is near to Carnaby street. Being popular, there is no surprise that you will need to prepare to queue for a seat at BAO.

BAO

When you finally do get a seat, you would place your order by filling in a order form and hand it to one of the staff. The menu is broken in to three section – small plates, bao and sides.

BAO

The drinks are on a separate menu and there are a selection of hot or cold oolong tea. I ordered the Ming Yue BaoZhong which is a hot, light and fresh in flavour. Each hot oolong tea is served in a small clay teapot.

BAO

When you visit BAO you have to order at least one of their bao which is what has made them popular. There is different fillings to select including Fried Horlicks ice cream. Instead of steam bao it is deep fried bao with Horlicks ice cream. It was some thing I wanted to try, unfortunately not the day I visit. That was a shame as I’m not sure when I will give myself a good excuse to queue again to try one. Oh well!

Between me and a friend we tried two different one. Each one, the bao was soft and fluffy, which was better than the one I had at Little Bao.

The Classic Bao (£3.75) consist of braised pork with fermented greens and peanut powder.

BAO

Confit pork bao (£4.50) consist of pork belly with a hot pork sauce and dried shallots.

BAO

Eating bao can get a bit messy but don’t freak because you will get wet tissue to wipe your hands.

BAO

From the side we tried the turnip tops with salted egg (£2.50).

BAO

We also tried a few of the small plates including Tawainese Fried Chicken with hot sauce (£5)

BAO

One of my favourite on the menu is their Scallops with yellow bean sauce (£3.50).

BAO

Guinea Fowl Chi Shiang rice (£5.25) comes served in a small bowl which make it great size as a small plate. You can consider having one of these rice bowl and a bao, instead of muching yourself through lots of bao to get full and have your money draining away quicker.

BAO

Aged Beef Rump Cap (£6) served with aged white soy sauce.

BAO

Bao is a small place which is no surprise that you need to queue. It defintely not suitable for large groups here but a place to consider for one or two people.

BAO

(This was not sponsored. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)

Bao
53 Lexington Street,
Soho,
W1F 9AS
UK

http://www.baolondon.com

Little Bao (London Pop Up)

Little Bao is a popular Hong Kong restaurant that gives a mix of Asian and American twist to their food. During September, Little Bao came over in London for a one week pop-up to showcase their creation. I actually did not plan to visit the pop-up as I was flying over to Hong Kong and had aleady had it as a place to visit. But by chance while looking for a place to have lunch I came across a cute looking baby face and to my surprise it was Little Bao.

The menu is simple with three section, For Sharing, Baos and Sweet Endings.  It was exactly same as their Hong Kong restaurant but it includes what should highlight Little Bao.

Little Bao (London pop up)

We started with the K-Wings (£7.50) which was coated in a of femented beancurd and gochujang glaze, given it an Asian twist. I could taste the femented beancurd which reminded of Asian flavour and my mum cooking at home who would use fermented beancurd in her braised chicken dish.

Little Bao (London pop up)

Short-Rib Pan-fried Dumplings (£10) consisted of dumpling filled with slow braised beef short rib and served with celeraic coleslaw. The pastry of the dumpling was thin and cooked with it being crispy on one side. I really enjoyed the flavour and the texture of the celeriac coleslaw.

Little Bao (London pop up)

LB Fries (£5.50) I thought was unique as the fries was coated in a mixture of spice. It created a sticky fries which were flavours of Thai and Vietnam.

Little Bao (London pop up)

As its name Little Bao then the icon dish would be their selection of baos. On the menu there was four different baos to choose and they are £6 each. I tried the pork belly bao which consisted of a thick slow braised pork belly, served with shiso salad, sesame dressing and hosin ketchup.

I thought the texture of the bao was not as fluffy as other places in London. But the combination of the filling were interesting with different Asian ingredients.

Little Bao (London pop up)

Finally we finish with a LB ice cream bun (£3.50). A green tea ice cream drizzle with condense milk sandwich between deep fried bao. The bao reminded me of deep fried mantou that you can find on some dim sum menu and it will be served with condenses milk.

Little Bao (London pop up)

Unfortunately, Little Bao is now back in Hong Kong. So if you want to visit them then you will have to fly to Hong Kong. The restaurant is first come, first served so do expect queue if you visit them at peak time.

Little Bao (London pop up)
http://www.little-bao.com