Steamed buns have become a bit of a trend in London over the last few years.
With popular Asian restaurants like Bao (known for its queue before it’s even opened) and Shoryu (known for its fantastic ramen) serving them up thick and fast, these little buns are certainly near the top of Londons trendiest foods list; and now Bun House in Soho is taking on the bao craze.
Bun House is not a huge place once inside, but that lends itself to the experience they are trying to create. A casual cafe come restaurant with an efficient menu and swift service. It’s an ‘order a few things, get sharing, eat quick (ish)’ kinda place. Not really for a sit down for a few hours dinner. In a good way, that is.
They’ve taken elements of the traditional and mixed it with the modern, western edge of London. So you can get a taste of the Cantonese experience without leaving the big smoke.
Their buns are Cantonese style rather than the traditional Taiwanese. Fully closed instead of slightly open.
They are all £2.50 (told you it’s very efficient) with a choice of chicken, pork, lamb, fish or veg buns; and all light, fluffy and packed with filling.
As well as the buns, there’s a choice of sides for £3.80 with option of things like house fries (not fries at all but actually battered ducks tongues), and delicate lotus root crisps.
Then a choice of accompanying pickles for £2, varying between sweeter and more savoury options.
Then if you fancy something sweet after dinner try one of their dessert buns to get your sugar fix. A rich custard bun made with salted duck egg and carrot…
…or a red choc bun made with dark chocolate, pigs blood, and chili.
At £2.50 each, three with a side would be a good amount for one person and that comes in at just over a tenner. If you’re that extra bit peckish the beauty is you can keep adding as much as you want. Hell, try them all and get one of each if you want to. Light, fluffy and very moreish.
Oh yeah, and downstairs they’re soon to open a tea house but don’t be fooled by the name. They mean late night drinking den.
Midweek, Bun House is perfect for a quick dinner, at the weekend you can fuel up with carbs upstairs and retire to the basement to continue the evening. Plus it’s very photogenic!
Disclaimer: The custard one is prone to exploding in your hands. Video proof below.
Address: 23-24 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ
Telephone: 020 8017 9888
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road/Leicester Square