Baozi Inn has opened a new, three-storey, 120 cover flagship restaurant near Borough Market.
Harden's survey result
Northern Chinese fare including “authentic and tasty dumplings and noodles” make either of Wei Shao’s duo (Borough Market and Soho) “a great standby for a quick and fun meal”. “A Chinese that’s worth a visit for an evening bite and not just for dim sum – and which doesn’t break the bank – is a rare find in London.”
“Authentic and tasty dumplings” and other northern Chinese street-food classics make any of Wei Shao’s small group “a great standby for a quick and fun meal”. Some prefer to stay longer (“our family goes for a Sunday feast”) with the biggest range of dishes at the 120-cover flagship near Borough Market. There are also branches in Chinatown, Soho, and the Market Halls in Victoria and Oxford Street.
An “excellent” Chinese menu wins a small but dedicated fan club for Wei Shao’s slightly disparate group of eateries. Most prominent nowadays is its three-storey, 120-cover flagship near Borough Market. There’s also the Chinatown original (no reservations), whose main options include baozi, dumplings, wonton and noodles, and a Soho site serving northern Chinese street food, plus all-day dim sum. (There’s also a stall at Market Halls Victoria).
“Spicy noodles and tasty bao make for a dependable staple for quick eats in Chinatown” at the original Newport Court branch of this growing chain: the brainchild of Wei Shao, who helped popularise Sichuan cuisine with Bar Shu back in the day. A Soho offshoot followed in 2018, and mid-August 2019 saw the launch of a new three-storey, 120-cover, flagship near Borough Market (and there’s also a stall in Market Halls Victoria). The exact offering varies from branch to branch but, in general, meals are “extremely satisfying and reasonably priced”.
For 33 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).