Soho, Fitztrovia, Covent Garden



One of the most successful example of street food vendors going permanent, this is one of the toughest places to grab a seat at in Soho. But when you do, the steamed milk buns that are at the heart of the menu make it all worthwhile.

Restaurant details

Address: 53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS

  • Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

  • Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus

  • Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 12-3, 5.30-10

• Walk-ins only

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Critic reviews - total score 9.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 9
Richard Vines Bloomberg Estimated score
Reviewed by May 14, 2015
"Nothing is left to chance at Bao, where care meets creativity." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9.5
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed on May 03, 2015
"Sometimes, just sometimes, a restaurant lives up to expectations. Exceeds them, even. Bao is one such place. This tiny, no-frills Taiwanese steamed-bun and small-plate place in London's Soho is almost perfect." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on April 08, 2015
"Arrive hungry; leave happy. But be warned: as Bao is small and doesn’t take bookings, we predict Momofuku-style buzz. And queues." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on April 09, 2015
"You'd expect the buns themselves, which after all made Bao their enviable name on the street food scene, to be worth the trip alone. My own "classic" was every bit as good as I remember from Kerb at the Bussey building in Peckham, and all the better in fact for not having to eat them standing up with a on open bottle of beer in my shirt pocket." READ REVIEW

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