Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Been years since I ate at Bao Bei. Last time we were a large group at a family table in the back. This time there were just two of us doing a Monday evening walk-in right when they opened. And that's probably the best way if you can manage it because the lineup started around 5:15 pm and they were basically full shortly after the restaurant opened for the evening at 5:30 pm (accepts no reservations except for their family table).

Having grown up on Chinese food at home myself, my take on Bao Bei is that it serves the familiar foods you had at home, but magically made more interesting and tasty. It makes other Chinese restaurants look like lazy home-style. It's like everything had a something-extra something-special treatment.

Portions are small for price, so if you want any chance of actually walking out of there full at $25+ per person (that's not including drinks), get the fried rice.

bean curd skin ($5.50) king oyster mushroom, chili ginger vinaigrette
  • Looks pricey for a portion that fits into an egg, but that vinaigrette makes it tasty. More like an appetite whetting nibble.
2017-May-15 Bao Bei - bean curd skin

beef tartare ($18) Cache Creek flat iron steak, preserved mustard root, crispy shallot,
ginger, quail egg, watercress, burnt scallion oil, taro chips
2017-May-15 Bao Bei - beef tartare

mantou ($10) steamed bun, coconut curry braised beef, fukujinzuke pickles, cilantro,
crispy garlic & crushed peanut
  • Two smallish buns but not skimpy on stuffing.
  • More interesting that just stewed beef in a bun. Interesting flavours but something about it came out bland-ish. Might need to eat this slowly and mindfully to get the full flavour experience.
  • Price is OK and actually comparable to the more casual fast-food-ish Bao Down.
2017-May-15 Bao Bei - mantou

2017-May-15 Bao Bei - mantou

kick ass house fried rice ($17) marinated red prawns, clam & jamón sofrito, crispy ginger, black bean, pimenton, fennel, red pepper
  • Packed with stuff and the fattest prawns I've seen in Chinese-style fried rice anywhere.
2017-May-15 Bao Bei - kick ass fried rice

2017-May-15 Bao Bei - kick ass fried rice

Overall, tasty food but pretty pricey as dinners go. Even the rice is pricey but at least it's fully loaded.

2017-May-15 Bao Bei

2017-May-15 Bao Bei

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