4th June 2017
The Taiwanese restaurant Bao team has launched upmarket concept Xu in Soho. Bao launched its Soho restaurant in 2015, offering Chinese snacks, steamed buns and sharing dishes, followed by its second site, in Fitzrovia, in July the following year. The enterprise is backed by JKS Restaurants, whose venues include the Michelin-starred Gymkhana in Mayfair.
Erchen Chang, Shing Tat Chung and Wai Ting Chung, who operate Bao restaurants in Soho and Fitzrovia, have opened Xu in Rupert Street. The menu offers dishes such as crab with chilli egg drop sauce, and Mangalitza rib rice. The Taiwanese street food menu includes pan-fried dumplings, filled pancakes and sho pa chicken (a whole bird, including head, stuffed with Chinese spices and herbs, for which diners are supplied gloves).
Drinks include Taiwanese tea, with an “expert” serving drinks at a ground-floor tea counter. Cocktails are also served.