Glam but chill Taiwanese by the peeps behind Bao
Taiwanese | Go For Lunch & Dinner | Reservations Recommended
The Chilli Egg Drop Crab + Chicken Wing + Bei Gang cocktail were banging
Spesh Times | Dates | Groups > 6 ppl
1930s Luxe Taiwanese Tea House
Casual | Buzzy | Mixed Crowd | Hip | Professional & Friendly Service
THE FULL SHEBANG
WHERE IS IT?
Xu is on Rupert Street, right next door to the Palomar, where we had dessert after (not brilliant FYI but such a fun vibe – keen to try the savoury stuff which people rave about).
They describe the space as a ‘cinematic interpretation of 1930’s Taipei – I’ve never been (lol) so can’t verify that – what I do know as that it looks sleek AF. It’s wonderfully glamorous but in a down to earth, very accessible way.
Image Credit: Wallpaper
Greens, blush pink and dark wood permeate the space imbuing it with a luxe feel but then little details like the illustrations on the menu and on prints on the walls upstairs bring a relaxed, fun and charming edge. It’s a two level space with the tea bar downstairs and the cocktail bar upstairs. My favourite detail is probably the one man dining table upstairs because controversially I quite like dining by myself (at lunchtime).
FOOD & SERVICE
Bao is one of the most hyped restaurants in London, so it’s little surprise that when they announced they were opening up a new restaurant with a chic 1930s style Taiwanese tea house aesthetic that people got excited, myself included. Xu did not disappoint both on the aesthetic and food front.
We kicked things off with a cocktail to limber us up; most are tea infused. I opted for the Bei Gang (kombu rum, manzanila, honey, Lime and wheat grass) which was similar to a daiquiri and was absolutely superb
We ordered a few snacks to start with. First up was the Cuttlefish Toast, a take on the sesame prawn toast which came with whipped cod roe (kinda like taramasalata) – a nice enough dish but not wow.
I wouldn’t rush to order it again whereas I would the Chicken Wing…