Raised from the ashes of Bar Shan (which was also owned by Wei Shao, who runs Barshu opposite too), and featuring many of Bar Shan's most popular dishes, Baozi Inn is now a dim sum joint that takes inspiration from the fiery Sichuan and Hunanese cuisines that previously dominated the menu.
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“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”.
Just off the main Chinatown drag, this Sichuan canteen won a name with its bold, street-food-inspired dishes (“very garlicky and not shy with the chilli spice”) and kitsch Maoist memorabilia. Mid-survey in May 2017 it emerged with a toned down look and reduced but pricier menu – we’ve removed the ratings for now as change seems to be afoot.
noon - 9.30pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm