Get your bao fix at this buzzing joint that feels like an authentic Taiwanese hotspot.
For fans of the BAO group of restaurants (and there are plenty - we’ve all seen the queues) then this third site is a bit of a shake up. It’s not got the minimalistic style of Soho or the signature U-bar of Fitzrovia. Instead, BAO Borough is bringing things back to basics with a buzzing restaurant that feels more like a late-night Taiwanese street-food eatery. It’s perfect for the local market area and has the kind of unpretentious, good-time vibe that we love.
Not sure what a ‘bao’ is or how you’d even approach one? It’s a steamed Taiwanese bun that’s pretty much heaven in a mouthful. We say: order as much from the menu as possible, it’s too good to miss. Chicken nugget, curry cheese, beef shortrib - it’s all wedged between those soft fluffy buns. There are also a bunch of fried options to fill your boots with - crispy smoked aubergine, anyone? Drinks-wise, we say get Hi and order a Japanese-style Hi-Ball from the Suntory HI-Ball Soda Machine. Thinking ‘all this bao sounds great but what I really want is to break out the power ballads’ then they have you covered there, too. BAO Borough is home to the first ever BAO KTV - a karaoke room for you to pile in with your crew. With sharing platters and cocktail pitchers delivered while you holler into the microphone, we might just never leave.