Bao to open in Shoreditch

Taiwanese restaurant chain Bao have announced plans to open their sixth restaurant in trendy Shoreditch. Peter Gray reports.

As Bao mania continues to engulf London, one of the little bun’s greatest champions has announced plans to open yet another restaurant.

Bao Shoreditch will take the number of Bao London outposts in the capital to six, with the company already having branches in Soho, Borough Market, King’s Cross, Fitzrovia and Hackney.

The group have taken a lease on the old Andina site on the corner of Shoreditch High Street, where they will join the likes of Dishoom and Tomos Parry’s Brat in what is fast becoming one of London’s hottest areas for dining.

The company are currently awaiting a decision over their licensing application for the site, with Bao requesting an amendment to the existing licence in order to show films and play recorded music. This may suggest that the company are planning to create a similar experience to the one they have established at their Borough branch, which currently plays host to a Karaoke Room and cinema.

The Bao Bun, also known as a pork belly bun, is a popular Taiwanese street food based around a lotus leaf bun. The dish originates from the Fujian province of China and is popular in many Asian communities with a sizeable Fuzhou community. 

Bao are the brainchild of Taiwanese couple Erchen Chang and Shing Tat Chung, along with Shing’s sister, Wai Ting Chung. Opening their first restaurant in Soho in 2015, the trio have quickly established the restaurant chain as a force to be reckoned with in the London dining sector, with Bao’s  clever mix of mouthwatering food and clever interiors inspiring almost cult like devotion from its followers. BAO are backed by JKS Restaurants, who have a stable of restaurants includes such famous names as Gymkhana, Lyle’s and Sabor.

More information about BAO Shoreditch can be found here.

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What: new restaurant
When: tbc
Where: Shoreditch High Street
Website: BAO