olive's Boozy Lunch of the Week: Bō Làng

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Bō Làng

Bo Lang is a restaurant we’ll surely see on Made in Chelsea soon, being just a sloane’s throw from Brompton Cross. There are plenty of reasons for non SW3-ers to bagsy a table here too: the low lighting is super-flattering, the Asian minimalist décor has a soothing, tempt-me-into-a-long-lunch effect, yet the sizzle from the kitchen gives the place a lively energy and buzz.

Dim sum is the main focus, with some modern touches such as har gau served with blackberry reduction among more the more familiar steamed and baked dumplings, black sesame prawn toast and duck spring rolls. Mains cater for lighter tastes too: baked black cod or steamed salmon with chilli and ginger will leave you room to wander through the intriguing cocktail list (tip: try the Oriental Negroni – with plum liqueur replacing the vermouth). For something more substantial, the smoked BBQ pork rib is a highlight.

Should lunch stretch into the afternoon, you might decide to catch the last bit of sunlight on the decked terrace, where rare teas and rose macaroons make for a very civilised finish. Or, if you’ d rather be hung for a sheep as well as a lamb, the restaurant’s grey leather sofas and dark wooden screens make it the perfect hideout to nurse a Fortune Cookie Martini or two.

Bo Lang, then. If you like your lighting dim, your cocktails glam and your food in small parcels, it’s a winner.

Light & luscious: turbot ceviche

Big and beefy: Seared 28 day aged beef sirloin with black garlic

Smart veggie choices: grilled trompettes with shallots; fried aubergine with chilli and garlic dressing