If you’ve kept up to date with my previous posts, you’ll already know I am a little obsessed with Asian food. It all started in Vietnam in 2012, but having recently stumbled upon Bao, I think the Taiwanese have stolen a rather large piece of my stomach!
Before I delve into the review, I’ll start by stating the obvious, the que is by far WELL worth the wait. Hence why there’s a que in the first place. I have to admit we very almost let hunger get the better of us, but SO glad we stuck it out.
So, last Tuesday evening, my partner and I spontaneously treated ourselves to a visit to Bao, having heard a few good reviews from friends, one who has even named her puppy Bao (another story!) we had to check it out. Located in central London, in a space just about big enough to fit a tuk tuk in, we queued, along with around 10 others on the opposite side of the road, eagerly watching, as the annoyingly satisfied, happy belly customers enjoyed their food. However, it wasn’t long until we smuggly arrived at the front and were accompanied to our table. The wait was around 40 mins, helped by the purchase of a G&T can from the corn-shop just off Lexington Street!
We were seated by friendly staff, and got stuck straight in with our order. In terms of drinks there’s not much to choose from, but that didn’t matter as this place is all about the food. I chose the Saki and my partner had an asian beer. The Saki came in the cutest little jug with the teeniest glass I ever did see, which made drinking Saki a slightly more pleasurable experience. Now onto the food, we started our (first round) of orders with two Bao’s one classic, and one confit pork, scallop, pig blood cake, trotter nuggets. The Bao’s are just out of this world, the doughy pillowy buns so fresh and flavours that beat anything I’ve tasted this year. We decided that we’d go for another round of orders…so pretty much tried most of the menu!
Finally, we had the fried Bao with Horlicks ice cream for dessert, oh my it was delicious. The fried bun itself was a revelation and the ice cream was thick and the perfect comfort as we drew close to reality of wandering back out onto the streets of London. The story behind Bao is rather special too, starting as a market stall (still there in Nettle market) and then setting up shop here in Lexington, its cheap, cheerful, friendly staff, no nonsense is my kinda restaurant, I could have almost been in Taiwan… Until next time Bao!