If you’re a fan of BAO’s Taiwanese pillow-y steamed buns then get ready for their second opening in Fitzrovia this June. Expect classics from their first Soho spot, as well as an expanded menu of dishes, cocktails, wine and sake.
What’s new… the Bao
The namesake buns will be made on site everyday. Don’t worry your favourites will still feature including the Classic Bao, Lamb Bao and the Fried Chicken Bao. Don’t miss a few newbies including the Gold Coin Chicken Bao – made with pork belly, chicken liver pate and chicken skin.
Explore Taiwanese-inspired dishes with the Xiao Chi – ‘small eats’, commonly found as street food in mainland China or Taipei in Taiwan. New dishes to hit Fitzrovia will include Cured Ribcap, Pickled and Fermented Chilli Bean Dip; Beef Cheek and Tendon Sausage; Oysters with Green Chilli Pickle; and Crispy Bird’s Feet with Hot Sauce.
If you’re a fan of sharing then go for dishes straight off the charcoal grill, including Quail stuffed with Pig’s Blood; Crab in Rice Broth; or Ox Heart with Schezuan Dressing.
BAO Fitrovia will champion rice as a key ingredient, sourcing rice from Chi Shiang in Taiwan, where it’s referred to as the ‘champagne of rice’. Fill up with rice bowls including Beef Shortrib with Scallop, Beef Tea and Baby Garlic; Fried Chicken with Cured Egg and Roe; or Octopus with Bottarga. We’re sold!
And the Drinks…
It’s not all about the food. With classic Whisky Sours to Negronis, to original cocktails creations using ingredients including yuzu (citrus fruit), sake, umeshu (Japenese liquor) and almond milk, there’s plenty to choose from. There will also be a list of sakes, whiskies and wines. We can’t wait for the milkshakes, which are new to the menu – with papaya; almond; toasted rice; banana and condensed milk. Perfect for summer.
“We were overwhelmed by the success of BAO Soho, but the small space always meant we would be restricted in the amount of dishes we could offer. Taking on a new site allows us to cook a new exciting range of dishes and gives us the opportunity to design a different environment in which to experience BAO. We are extremely excited to feature more of a bar element to BAO too, with an emphasis on cocktails and wine,” says Wai Ting Chung, one of the trio behind BAO.
Bao cost between £3.50-£5 for one. Xiao Chi are £3.50-£6 and perfect sharers.
BAO | 31 Windmill St, London W1T 2JN – opening 15 June.
53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS
Mon – Sat 12-3, 5.30-10pm. Sunday closed | No reservations
Find BAO at Netil Market on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm |13 – 23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL