Whether you’re visiting the capital or a London local, chances are you’ve heard of BAO.
Instantly recognisable for their playful logo, fluffy peanut-dusted buns and photo-worthy rice bowls layered with 40-day-aged beef and gooey egg yolks, the Taiwanese maestros are serving serious dishes all across London. Founded by Erchen Chang, Wai Ting and Shing Tat Chung back in 2013, BAO has been a mainstay on the foodie scene ever since.
What started out as a street food stall in Hackney’s Netil Market soon stretched across to Soho for their first permanent site. So good, it received a Michelin Bib Gourmand seven years in a row. Next came Fitzrovia, with its staple central dining table, fried Horlicks ice cream and drinks list from cocktail royalty Mr Lyan. But it doesn't end there... Over in Borough, you’ll find a bustling BAO complete with a karaoke room, plus the casual BAO Noodle Shop in Shoreditch, while King’s Cross’ all-day bakery and restaurant is the latest to join the fold.
For those of you at home, there’s Rice Error; the delivery arm which brings TV dinners and pork belly rice boxes straight to your door… yes, they really have thought of everything.
So what is it that keeps us coming back for more? Is it the chunky buns filled with confit pork? Could it be the towering cocktails mixed with sake and shochu? Perhaps it’s the authentic service and quirky tick-box menus? You’ll have to find out for yourself.