Bao and Bing; Relax in Marylebone’s coolest new food hotspot

This cool, Taiwanese-inspired spot off Marylebone High Street is definitely more than meets the eye.

Inspired by the night markets of Taiwan, this new eastern eatery is certainly not to be missed. Bright neon lights and posters adorn the walls of this chic but cosy hideout, with spaces for larger groups as well as small tables. Expect small plates with big flavours, and street-style food ideal for tucking into with friends. Head downstairs and discover the intimate, tea-room style bar, decorated sixties style with floral sofas and deep red drapes.

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As indicated by the name, the buns here are not to be missed. Choose from fillings such as pork belly, five spiced beef, crispy shredded duck, or my personal favourite, the shiitake mushroom fritter. A few of these along with sides of sweet and sour pork ribs or a traditional Dan Bing (egg cake) make for an excellently relaxed meal, either with friends or as a solo diner. Alternatively try the signature beef noodles, made of meltingly soft beef shin served in a rich, twenty-hour beef broth with hand-pulled noodles and fresh vegetables.

For dessert, enjoy soft and crispy wheelcakes cooked to order, or indulge in the incredible ‘Pineapple Bing Cake’; crepes layered with cream, passionfruit sauce and caramelised pineapple. Sized generously enough to easily serve two, or perhaps as a rewarding indulgence for a particularly hungry diner. A gorgeously light and creamy end to your meal, only a limited number of these are available each day, so get in there quick!

Finish up with one (or three!) of their fabulous drinks. As well as more traditional tipples, treat yourself to a bubble tea cocktail, or bring out your inner child with one of their ‘Drowning ice lolly’ cocktails! Yakult cocktails are available for those wanting their probiotic fix, as well as non-alcoholic bubble teas which are mixed, sealed and served freshly to order.

In short, this achingly cool new venue serves brilliant and unpretentiously tasty food, and is a gem that I doubt will remain ‘hidden’ for long!