Made in HK: Paying tribute to Hong Kong’s roots, Bao Bei brings together Hong Kong-inspired cocktails and dishes made with local ingredients.
Look & Feel: The fresh and youthful vibes here incorporate a bit of Chinese heritage, such as steamers lining the staircase. The quiet basement space is a world away from the boisterous bars that line Wyndham Street.
On the Menu: Look for lots of wordplay — like the Typhoon No. 10 cocktail made with Tanqueray No. 10, osmanthus honey, orange juice, lemon juice and egg white. There’s also a slew of Asian-inspired small plates — think wagyu beef “Baogers” ($98) and Mapo tofu fries ($88). Naturally, there’ll be a stream of namesake protein-packed bao steamin’ all day long.
Service: Polite and attentive, staff are also very friendly.
Jeng: It’s about time we honor the best of our own classic food with a place like Bao Bei. We love the refreshing, fruity flavors of the Mango Pomelo Sago ($128), a boozy take on the quintessential Hong Kong dessert made with white rum, fresh mango, pomelo, mango juice and sago. The aforementioned Typhoon No. 10 also makes for a solid option — not too strong, yet just the right balance of gin and the unusual osmanthus scent and taste. The osmanthus jelly cake served on the side is a nice touch, too.
Not So Jeng: The signature cocktails are around the $130 mark, while craft beers are all over $100 — which obviously doesn’t make for a cheap night out.
Great For: Pre-drinks, dinners with big groups.
FYI: Keeping with the whole Hong Kong theme, Bao Bei will have its own karaoke nights so start memorizing the lyrics to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Also, Bao Bei means “babe” in Putonghua.
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