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 BarChick loves.
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. Or go for fruity number made with fresh produce that’s displayed at the front and draws inspo from traditional Taiwanese fruit stalls. Watermelon with gin and kiwi sake = game-changer. And if you’re 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.