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Bao

Taiwanese Restaurant££££
Soho, London
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  • Deena G.
    "fried Bao with Horlicks ice cream are TO DIE"(9 Tips)
    Jennifer H.
    "Try the fried chicken Bao and the horlicks deep fried Bao"(8 Tips)
    Clea R.
    "The classic Bao and 40 day rump slices were amazing."(6 Tips)
    Tom J.
    "classic and confit pork bao"(4 Tips)
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  • Zuz
    ZuzApril 12
    Lamb shoulder, coriander sauce, garlic mayo and soy pickled chilli Bao is to die for! Ice cream is like a little fluffy happiness in a Bao. And I'm a big fan of the brand identity. Love love love!
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Lisa Talia M.
    Lisa Talia MorettiAugust 3, 2015
    I finally got in! Queues can be long but the food is served quickly and is delicious. Steamed buns are a must. I also had the spicy fried chicken and the aubergine served with wonton chips. So tasty!
  • Joyce I.
    Joyce IpMarch 4
    Must try every bao on the menu! Juicy and delicious., super quick service too! Expect a queue up to 50 mins but worth the wait!!! Highly recommended
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea SuarezNovember 11, 2016
    Had almost everything on the menu. The classic and fried chicken are the best, dryaged beef, and the ice cream one is out of this world, scallop is nice. It is worth the wait but order a lot.
  • Nikita K.
    Nikita KaApril 10, 2016
    Fried chicken bao is the best! We also tried the duck hearts which were a daily special and they were really yummy. The other Bao are great too but the classic was my least favourite
  • eleni p.
    eleni paulJune 21, 2016
    This place is epic! Go for the classic bao bun and the pork belly one. The pig blood tart is good, the daikon salad and the scalop. Long queue at least 20' wait, but worth it!
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisOctober 13, 2015
    Classic pork belly bao, Taiwanese fried chicken and the eggplant with wontons 👍 Worth the queue on the opposite side of the street. Horlicks ice cream bun for dessert!
  • Flavio M.
    Flavio MuffOctober 10, 2016
    the place to be! cool ambience and lovely food. the interior is designed with love. will definitely go again. everything is worth to try.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BarbosaMarch 23, 2016
    The buns and incredible, try them all! My favourite was the Chicken Fried and I'm not a chicken person! For desert don't miss the ice cream bun!!!
  • Mat A.
    Mat AApril 11, 2015
    Delicious small plates of Taiwanese inspired food, perfect for sharing, including their signature steamed milked buns. There was a queue but once you get inside the service is very attentive.
  • Eman A.
    Eman Abdulaziz2 weeks ago
    Mouthwatering food. It was extremely delicious with excellent per person portions. I ordered Bao lamb, eryngii mushroom, scallop, and Guinea fowl rice.
  • Thiago M.
    Thiago MaiaDecember 20, 2015
    The wait can be long but worth it. The rump cap steak, confit pork BAO and fried horlicks ice cream BAO all the way. Sooooo good.
  • Constance |.
    Constance | @croostifoodiDecember 18, 2016
    Delicious small plates. Order baos and the trotter nuggets. Come after 2pm on weekdays and you won't need to queue! Overall not cheap.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephJune 6, 2015
    Good food but expect to queue. The classic and confit pork bao are the best in my opinion and the aubergine wonton is also good. The fried chicken with hot sauce packs a punch
  • Liam H.
    Liam HoareJune 26, 2016
    I loved the aubergine and fried chicken starters and the pork confit bao with the spicy sauce. It was an amazing dining experience.
  • Raquel d.
    Raquel de MenesesMay 21, 2016
    One of the best, if not THE best I've tried. I want to come back and try everything in the menu. And 10 of each bao.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TNovember 14, 2015
    Fried chicken bao is a must try! Ask for extra spicy sauce if you want and they let us sample the peanut milk before ordering 👍
  • Siro D.
    Siro DescroviJanuary 20, 2016
    Very lovely place! You can just sit and try different little dishes with unique tastes :) keep a space for the ice cream ;)
  • Missy
    MissyFebruary 3, 2016
    Come early to avoid long queues. Small venue for such a popular place. The bao are delicious, as are the sides.
  • Andy
    AndyApril 21
    pricey for the portion size, but worth the hype - can't miss the fried chicken bao and fried horlicks ice cream bao both are out of this world
  • Ben K.
    Incentive and delicious buns and other Taiwanese dishes. Definitely worth the wait. My favorite was the classic bao, but try them all!
  • Arif K.
    Arif KaracaJuly 19, 2016
    Ice cream bun was the best ever try it! Meat buns were full of spices no meat flavor at all.. Try the beef soup as well its fresh and lite!
  • Kimberley C.
    Kimberley ChanAugust 29, 2015
    Massive queue but worth the wait – the confit pork and horlicks ice cream baos were delicious. I'd also recommend the 40 day rump cap too.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TJune 7, 2015
    Holy cow. Def worth the wait. Any of the bao sandwiches are great but the fried chick and traditional are not to be missed.
  • Ben K.
    Delicious Taiwanese buns. Try the classic, fried chicken, and lamb. The aubergine and fried rice dishes are also fantastic.
  • Wendy T.
    Wendy TseAugust 15, 2015
    If you're hungry, just order everything on the menu as they're quite small. Definitely recommend the rice, fried chicken, and any of the buns!
  • Emilie W.
    Emilie WNovember 24, 2016
    Rump cap a huge highlight. Buy some beer from the pub or off-licence nearby and make the wait more bearable. I promise it is worth the queue.
  • Jessica
    JessicaOctober 2, 2016
    We spent more time queuing than being in the actual restaurant. Food is served so quickly, which made the experience feel a little rushed. The buns lived up to expectations but not sure I'll be back.
  • Onur A.
    Onur AvcıJune 30, 2016
    Classic, confit pork, fried chicken, taiwanesen fried chicken with hot sauce and fried horlicks ice cream were delicious.
  • Clea R.
    Clea RomeoApril 28, 2015
    The classic Bao and 40 day rump slices were amazing. Fried chicken was great too
  • Becky H.
    Becky HNovember 15, 2015
    The chicken bao is the one!! Scallops and peanut milk drink is yummy too.
  • Sadaf T.
    I love the food, design and concept of the restaurant . But some of staff (soho branch) are really rude 😐
  • Hannah T.
    Hannah TaylorOctober 30, 2015
    Szechuan chicken wings were incredible! Classic and lamb buns also delicious. Peanut milk was a nice sweet drink to accompany.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DylanMarch 31
    Pricey but worth the wait. Great fried chicken and pork belly and standard bao.
  • Eleni R.
    Eleni RaskouNovember 19, 2016
    Funny service due to the queue across the street, really good food on the go. Tiny nice place. Must spot in London.
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmNovember 3, 2015
    Delicious food, worth getting here 30 minutes before it opens. The original Bao was my favourite
  • Swemeatballs ..
    The scallop, fried chicken and aubergine with wontons are superb. And go for the confit pork bao
  • Dave M.
    Dave McDougallMay 25, 2016
    So many great dishes - everything was great, but above all the Trotter Nuggets were incredible!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SandlerMay 6, 2015
    Absolutely loved Bao! The classic bao & the 40 day rump slice were the winning dishes for me.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HardiAugust 7, 2015
    Try the fried chicken Bao and the horlicks deep fried Bao
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PuiggaliMarch 15, 2016
    Taïwanaise food. Cosy place. Healty food. Free wifi. Trying peanutmilk
  • Shannon E.
    Shannon EaganSeptember 14, 2016
    The everything was so good! Definitely try the confit pork and lamb shoulder buns.
  • Amer S.
    Amer SharafMarch 13
    Great place. Unfortunately there are limited options for non pork eater and food is braised with alcohol.
  • Thiago D.
    Bao pork confit, bao lamb shoulder, taiwanese fried chicken and sweet potato. Really amazing food
  • Glenn T.
    Glenn TereMarch 30, 2016
    Classic bao and aged old rump are good! Horlicks ice cream so so. Will try the lamb bao and fried chicken next
  • Jess A.
    Jess And Her HusbandDecember 11, 2015
    Come hungry so you can try everything! (Trust me on this) Superfriendly staff too...
  • ArAritta
    ArArittaAugust 26
    Fried chicken bao was delicious. However, the lamb bao was bad, more of cumin bao than lamb.
  • Ben J.
    Ben JoyceFebruary 23, 2016
    Practically everything on the menu is fantastic, but the classic pork bao is flawless.
  • Roberto K.
    Roberto KusabbiSeptember 3, 2015
    Buns. Buns. Buns. And the scallop. Everything basically.
  • Deena G.
    Fried chicken Bao and the fried Bao with Horlicks ice cream are TO DIE FOR!
  • Madawi
    MadawiApril 20
    It's worth the visit to try something new 👌🏽
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Hugh S.
    Hugh SmithMay 17, 2015
    Get here 10 minutes before opening if you don't want to queue for 45+ minutes
  • Si W.
    Si WhartonAugust 12, 2015
    Super friendly staff and amazing food. Well worth queuing up for.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherApril 26, 2015
    The pigs blood cake and yolk was bland imho. Stick to the Bao. Expect to queue in the evenings. They don't take bookings or Amex.
  • Anthony B.
    Classic Bun, steak and the fried chicken
  • Heba A.
    Very simple menu with limited choices, but they taste good 😊
  • Maryam S.
    Maryam SalamahAugust 13, 2016
    Lamb bao is out of this world! The fries are good too.
  • Foodforlife
    FoodforlifeApril 16
    Been waiting for 30 min. It was the most terrible chicken rice I've had. Pricey and small portion. Flavourless and tasteless. Please. It doesn't worth at all. Great service but I will not come back.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerMay 28, 2015
    The pulled pork and classic buns are a must!
  • A
    AApril 8, 2016
    Fried chicken! The Horlicks ice cream bao! 😍😍😍
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JordanJuly 22, 2015
    Amazing aubergine, try the pig blood cake.
  • Nikhil V.
    Nikhil VartyJanuary 9, 2016
    Bao Buns ... Lamb, original and Fried Chicken
  • Mansour G.
    Mansour GadiSeptember 14, 2016
    Liked the chicken and lamb shoulder buns ..
  • Ethan L.
    Ethan LimFebruary 3
    The Horlicks Bao definitely worth savouring. Others kinda of duh...
  • Marina N.
    Marina NastovNovember 13, 2015
    The Eryngii Mushroom, the Classic Bao and almond milk.
  • Maryam S.
    Maryam SalamahMay 8, 2016
    We waited in line for about an hour. The only good thing on the menu was the lamb bao
  • Dan K.
    Dan KnisleyJuly 7, 2015
    Great food but you'll most likely have to queue.
  • Linda S.
    Linda SandvikJanuary 20, 2016
    Have the fried chicken bao. Actually, you should order two.
  • Fernando R.
    The fried chicken is amazing!
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley CMay 2, 2015
    Everything was great. Bit lacking in ambience though.
  • Becky J.
    Becky JaggerMarch 22, 2016
    Try as many bao's as possible, so glad I finally went!
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 1, 2016
    A little pricey given you'll need to order 4/5 items
  • Jarrod B.
    Jarrod BrownNovember 8, 2015
    Best Taiwanese food in London
  • Olly S.
    Olly SussamsOctober 6, 2015
    Everything. Literally get everything you won't regret it.
  • jeremyet
    jeremyetApril 15, 2015
    Fried chicken bun, aubergine, blood cake
  • Tai
    TaiNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bao and fried chicken are great!
  • Philipp
    PhilippMarch 30, 2016
    The vegetarian bao is delicious.
  • Reshma S.
    Reshma SikotraJanuary 13
    Confit pork Bao!!! All the way!!!
  • Richard H.
    Richard HoldenAugust 19, 2016
    Get the ice cream bun. DO IT.
  • Chef en Casa
    Chef en CasaNovember 10, 2015
    Juicy fried chicken :P
  • Chris T.
    Chris TophNovember 21, 2015
    The sauteed mushrooms with bits of egg!
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerJune 30
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the food worth queihg it's pretty fast
  • Jan Cornelis S.
    Jan Cornelis StruijkOctober 31, 2016
    The food is not bad, it's taste is also nice but the prices are too high for the quality. small portions and not quite authentic!
  • Ismail A.
    Ismail AlemadiMarch 5, 2016
    Fried chicken and lamp shoulder sliders
  • minnie m.
    minnie mAugust 22, 2015
    Fried chicken and Aubergine chips
  • Vera R.
    Vera RochaMarch 28
    The classic is my favourite
  • Shannon E.
    Shannon EaganNovember 5, 2016
    Try the scallops!
  • Minseo K.
    Minseo Kim1 week ago
    So salty. I think people have low standards of Chinese food in London. I don't think it's tasty...
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly K.May 6, 2016
    The fried chicken, scallops, classic pao & fried Horlicks ice cream is amazing. Never had something as delightful as this before, especially the pao!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GarsonMarch 21, 2016
    Unique dishes, slow cooked beef caps
  • Mina R.
    Mina RAugust 28, 2015
    Try the pig blood cake-don't be scared
  • Maryam S.
    Maryam SalamahAugust 13, 2016
    Prepare to queue for a long time
  • Iyabo O.
    Iyabo OJuly 5, 2015
    Everydamned thing! I'm borderline obsessed!
  • Nazli A.
    Nazli A.May 31, 2016
    Bao, aged rump, aubergine ...
  • Magnus
    MagnusFebruary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the ice cream bao!
  • Serge C.
    Serge ChJanuary 20, 2016
    Everything is good!
  • Nitesh P.
    Nitesh PatelJune 6, 2015
    Tasty. Tasty. Tasty.
  • Nicola S.
    Nicola StewartAugust 23, 2015
    Sweet potato fries, beef consommé
  • Lin P.
    Lin PsyMay 2, 2015
    everything!!
  • Tobias W.
    Tobias Weimann2 weeks ago
    Have been waiting over 40min for the rice. Not even a drink on the house or anything was offered to compensate for this inconvenience. Never again!
  • Magnolia L.
    Magnolia Luxury SuiteDecember 3, 2016
    Non avevo mai mangiato cucina del Taiwan... semplice ... ottima. E non troppo costosa. Da provare anche se con lunga lista di attesa visto il locale molto piccolo... ma vale assolutamente la pena.
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