‘Bao’ literally means ‘packed’ in Chinese.
And Daddy Bao is often, well, bao.
It’s not surprising, really, given that the place is a followup to to Peckham’s equally popular Mr. Bao (only this time, named in honour of the owner’s father, a restaurateur himself). And it’s also not surprising when you consider just how delicious bao buns are, particularly theirs.
The space itself is a simple affair, with bare brick walls and Chinese hanging lanterns surrounding a centrepiece bar. Menus are short, and come with a pencil for you to jot down the numbers of each dish you’d like (which makes the ordering process considerably simpler). On those menus you’ll find,
Starting with the main affair: the bao buns come packed with the likes of slow-braised pork & pickles; chicken with spicy honey sauce; beef brisket with wasabi slaw; and fried, beer-marinaded ‘drunken’ prawns. Accompanying these, you can spring for sharers like sweet potato chips, fried chicken with miso mayo, and pak choi with a little yellow bean sauce. On the weekends, meanwhile, brunch appears in the form of Bao Benedicts and Taiwanese Spring Onion Pancakes, alongside bottomless, sparkling sake-laced bloody maries. Speaking of which…
That centrepiece bar isn’t just for show; it’s also shaking up barrel-aged plum wine Negronis (with Campari, gin, plum wine, and chocolate bitters); Martinis rounded out with sake, and an Old Fashioned made with Szechuan spice-infused bourbon.
Which isn’t very old fashioned at all.
NOTE: Daddy Bao is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday. You can find out more, and book a table right HERE.
Daddy Bao | 113 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE
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