The Handbook
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We’re so excited about this May opening – eek! For those who don’t know, BAO is the famed Taiwanese restaurant that took London by storm with its funky, animated steamed buns that have lit up our social feeds and taste delicious. It’s no surprise therefore that people are totally and utterly raving about the latest opening that has arrived in Borough joining the other outposts including BAO Soho and BAO Fitzrovia, XU Teahouse and Restaurant, as well as the original BAO BAR stand which remains at Netil Market.

Oh, and did we mention it has a karaoke room named BAO KTV?! We can’t deny that karaoke and bao are two things that haven’t really gone hand-in-hand when conjuring up ideas for a night out, but it turns out KTV in Taiwan is in fact one of the most popular things to do at the weekend. The room can fit 12 of you future rockstars, and is said to be between £5 and £8 an hour per-person, depending on the time. So, brush up on your best Jay Chou and, if you like buns, hun then you’ll be front of the queue.

Food wise you can expect something a little different we’re told, with three new BAOs being added to their selection of five. Highlights will include the chicken nugget BAO; beef meatball, fried egg; and Borough curry, panko goat and frankfurter. You can grab these to go or, if you’re busting out the tunes, you can select one of the grill karaoke platters and wash it down with a beer bucket or cocktail pitcher – to share, not to enjoy on your own big guns!

Unsurprisingly, things on the drinks front are looking exciting too. The site has one of the few Suntory Hi-Ball machines in the UK, pouring whisky and sodas designed to have the same bubbles as a champagne… well, cheers to that! Of the opening one of the three founders, Shing Tat Chung, said: “Whilst always serving our signature BAO, BAO Borough will differ to BAO Soho and Fitzrovia both in terms of decor and food.” Different concept or not, give us bao and karaoke any day and we’ll likely leave smiling!

BAO Borough officially opened this week and be found at 13 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD, oh and reservations for some BAO-style karaoke are now open – what are you waiting for?

Find more opening announcements here