If you’re a fan of BAO’s Taiwanese pillow-y steamed buns then you’ll love their second spot in Fitzrovia. Expect classics from their first Soho spot, as well as an expanded menu of dishes, cocktails, wine and sake.

What to Expect?

Feast on Taiwanese street food dishes including Bao – fluffy, steamed buns with a selection of fillings; while sharing Xiao Chi – small eats; and Chi Shiang Rice bowls.

Bao

Fried Cod Bao; Classic Bao; Lamb Bao

What to Try?

Firstly let’s talk about the bao. From the Classic – with braised pork, coriander and peanuts; to the newest addition the Cod Black – with Ng sauce and hot sauce; you can’t not order the namesake dish here. You’ll also find the confit, lamb and daikon bao on the menu.

Xiao Chi, including Fried Chicken Chop and Beef and Tendon Nuggets

Xiao Chi, including Fried Chicken Chop and Beef and Tendon Nuggets

Explore Taiwanese-inspired dishes with the Xiao Chi – ‘small eats’, commonly found as street food in mainland China or Taipei in Taiwan. The Fried Chicken Chop is packed with flavour, with an extra kick from the additional hot sauce. Or go for the Beef Cheek & Tendon Nuggets, moreishly good.

Then there’s the Chi Shiang – rice bowls. Bao source their 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 marrow, and Ernyhgii (king oyster) mushrooms. 

Chi Shiang

Chi Shiang rice bowl

And the Drinks… 

It’s not all about the food. With classic Whisky Sours to Negronis, there’s a great cocktail menu creations using yuzu (citrus fruit), sakeumeshu and almond milk – there’s plenty to choose from. There’s also a list of sakes, whiskies and wines. We loved the milkshakes, which are new to the menu – with chocolate and toasted rice; and condensed milk. There’s no desserts on the menu, but these milkshakes are definitely substitutes.

Best for…

A quick bite or sharing feast.

Price

Bao cost between £3.50-£5 for one. Xiao Chi are £3.50-£6 and perfect sharers.

BAO | 31 Windmill St, London W1T 2JN

Soho | 53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS

No reservations.

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