REVIEW: MR BAO
Lastyear us Londoners became a little obsessed with the bao and anyone who’s been to Bao in Soho (or tried to) will have noted the queues. But, the good news is, now others are jumping on the band wagon which means you’ll soon be able to find bao on menus across the city. HOORAY. Take Mr Bao for instance which may have only been open a matter of weeks but is already proving to be a hit, drawing in crowds from well beyond the Rye Lane neighbourhood…Sometimes a tube journey South is quicker than waiting in a queue. True fact.
A small but perfectly place, with not only fluffy buns but cocktails and specials (minus buns) too, Mr Bao ticks all the boxes for a cheap, fast dinner. Highlights for us included the Bao Diddley, a super soft bun stuffed with light fried chicken, kimchi and a slick of wasabi mayo and the signature Mr Bao; a combo of sticky sweet pork belly, pickles and peanut powder. Whilst specials of soft avocado and tofu with sesame dressing and strips of soy marinated sirloin with a hit of wasabi helped make it a meal.
Don’t miss desert either, the Bao S’More – melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow atop a fried bao – is the only dessert on offer and the only dessert you need. Well worth a trip to Peckham and if you really can’t face the journey then fear not Bao 2 is COMING.
293 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4UA