The new restaurant will differ from its siblings – located in Soho and Fitzrovia - in that it will provide ‘a straightforward fun, no frills experience and setting, while still drawing inspiration from the founders’ travels across Asia and the BAO brand DNA’, according to PR details.
Located next to the London Bridge railway arches, the restaurant is promising to ‘offer a window into a new style of Asian dining,’ with a spin on the late night grill establishments found across Asia, which are often populated by commuters. As well as a food offer, which will focus on ingredients cooked on a grill as well late night noodle dishes served from 9.30pm, the restaurant will have a subterranean space below the dining room that will be home to the brand’s first Karaoke room.
The Karaoke room will be bookable for up to 12 guests, with party platters making up the food element.
The restaurant will also do grab-and-go for the first time with dishes served from a hatch at the front of the premises.
“Whilst always serving signature BAO buns, each and every BAO restaurant focuses on offering unique interpretations of experiences inspired by Asian culture,” says Shing Tat Chung, one of Bao’s three founders.
BAO started life as a stand at London’s Netil Market before launching its restaurant proper in Soho in 2015. Its second restaurant, in Fitzrovia, opened the following year.
The group also operates XU Teahouse and Restaurant in London’s Chinatown.