|Fried Chicken Bao (soy milk marinated|
chicken, sichuan mayo, golden kimchi,
sesame bao) £5.00
On a whim, I dragged a colleague away from her desk promptly at 11:45 on day two of BAO's doors officially opening (by my obsessive calculations, that's a generous 10 minute amble from le office and a well-timed 5 minutes wait outside the door, undoubtedly in a queue of sorts). Now, queuing for food is a pet peeve of mine (it defies everything I cherish most about accessible dining options!), but I'll make allowances for (1) new openings that promise to satisfy my seemingly unbridled catalogue of culinary cravings, and (2) anything less than a 30 minute wait...everything over this and my sensibilities begin to unravel (fear not, I have a very effective inside voice at such times!). Thankfully for all concerned, we waited only a smidgen over 5 minutes and boy, did they deliver on the food front!
|Pig Blood Cake (£3.50)|
On a practical note, ordering was simple from a shopping list style ticket, the service was friendly, precise and informative; and the decor was refined, minimalist and bright. Takeaway service supposedly starts soon, so brace yourselves, I'll no doubt be returning often enough for you to know my not just my name, but my inside leg measurements and pet preferences! What a triumph.
|Foam Tea (£3.00)|
|Trotter Nuggets (£4.00)|
|Sweet Potato Chips, Plum Pickle Salt (£3.00)|
|Confit Pork (confit pork belly, pork sauce, hot|
sauce, dried shallots) £4.50
|Lamb Bao (lamb shoulder, coriander sauce,|
garlic mayo, soy pickled chilli) £5.00
|Classic Bao (braised pork, peanut powder, fermented greens, coriander) £3.75|