If you thought the bao craze was over, think again because new Taiwanese restaurant Bao & Bing is opening in Marylebone this month. It’s being launched by Paul Sarlas, who was formerly a director at Ping Pong, and his Taiwanese wife Meng Hsen Chu, so it sounds like a team that knows what they’re doing.
Inspired by the night street markets of Taipei and Jiufen, Bao & Bing will serve up a range of bao buns with fillings like pork belly with chilli, coriander and chiu chow mayo and panko shrimp with work cabbage and spicy sesame sauce, as well as other plates like beef noodle soup, cucumber and cabbage kimchi, san bei ji three cup chicken, and dan bing egg crepe rolls. The dessert offering will be just as extensive with wheelcakes being made at the bar, sweet dan bing popiah crepes filled with ice cream and peanuts, and millefeuille-style pineapple cakes on the menu.
With the upstairs dining room taking care of the food, there’ll also be a tea room and cocktail bar downstairs, serving oolong teas, Taiwanese beers, bubble tea cocktails and ‘drowning’ boozy ice lollies.
Opens November 2018
22 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5QY