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BAO Soho

53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS, England
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“baos” (82 reviews)
“fried chicken” (114 reviews)
“guinea fowl” (28 reviews)
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Asian, Taiwanese, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

The bao buns are superb! I arrived just before 12 to make sure of a seat and the place filled up quickly. The service was great. They explained the menu to me and helped me make my choices. I loved the bao buns and could...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Amelia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The baos were nice but not the best I’ve had in London. Very small space, but cosy I guess, service was fine, but not friendly. Definitely very overhyped and not worth the high prices.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SPereira23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

‪Top Bao. Top Scallop. Top fried chicken. Top rice bowl. Top-a-doodle-bao. Forget about price you cheapskate & spend money. The food rewards you for it. And tip the staff, they’re helpful coz they love you.‬

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank B7121JFdavidm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a friend. It’s a small restaurant but the Baozi is really delicious, as well as the peanut milk.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PeikeCheng
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place truly does deserve the reputation it has established. Even though they have been open for a ages a queue still forms every meal time, it’s that good. I waited 15minutes in the rain and I’m so glad I did! The Bao are amazing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MR J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

love this place, got there in perfect time, ie 5.45, after that you are looking at a queue. but that would be worth the wait. I love the simplicity, beef broth and rice with aubergine my faves but every dish outstanding. love the wine list,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank chrisP932IE
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

Got there on a Friday night just before 6pm - no need to wait for a table. We were welcome by friendly staff and didn’t wait long for our orders. The atmosphere is a bit cold, simple wooden walls, a small room and no proper...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sascha S
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

It does worth it for sure to visit BAO and experience a different dinning option. A small and friendly restaurant with Taiwanese influences. The buns are fresh and soft. The sweet fried potatoes a must!! The fried chicken an all time classic.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jennypapadimitriou
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The bao buns are delicious, definitely the best thing on the menu. Had to queue for a short time, but not for too long, and it was worth it!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank isc203
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

I like to keep up with the latest hypes in terms of food trends and new places cropping up in every London’s nook and cranny. If you are part of the same club as I am, you need to try Bao. The specialty of the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 275gianlucaa
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho
hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a
compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars,
and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red
Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene –
and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping
enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's
greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the
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13 February 2017|
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Response from 717rachaelk | Reviewed this property |
It is very busy and you can't book. The restaurant opens at 5:30 but you can queue at the sign they put out across the street from 5pm. The service is quick and so you don't have to wait long but the venue is rather small... More
12 December 2016|
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Response from mingalabaHoiAn | Reviewed this property |
Best to contact them directly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
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