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.
Harden's survey result
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.
This “cheap, kitsch and wacky” Chinatown caff “hung with Chairman Mao memorabilia” serves “great steamed buns, dandan noodles and dumplings” and “is ideal both for a snack or to fill up”. Disclaimers: “you may have to wait”, “it will never win points for service or comfortable chairs”, it’s “cash only, and don’t expect to linger”.
“I don’t mind the lack of space (even the lack of a place to put my coat)” – this Chinatown caff “isn’t cheerful, but it is cheap and very good”, serving “top Sichuan street food” (“succulent baozi buns… delicious noodles…”).
26 Newport Ct, London, WC2H 7JS
noon - 9.30pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm