[Review] Bao Wow: a bar with plenty of bite
A spot to leave you howling for more
Bar and restaurant Bao Wow opened just over a year ago and has seen a steady flow of customers ever since – and with good reason. Offering a twist on the traditional Vietnamese Banh bao, they offer a variety of toothsome foods and drinks, including a solid selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options, all reasonably priced.
Located in a quaint alley in Tay Ho, Bao Wow stay opens until midnight (see the end for details). It is a perfect drop-in spot for some casual late-night eats. Take a load off on their bar stools or in their cushy booths, enjoy the graffiti, and kick back under the yellow, purple and blue lights, which cast a trendy unpretentious glow. Many minor details make Bao Wow pop, such as the cucumber water and miniature bottles of mosquito spray on every table.
The whole place feels like you are hanging out in the rustic backyard of your chill yet hipsterish friend’s house. This is amplified with a dog-friendly policy and great service from approachable staff.
Choose between six unique and savory types of bao: dirty bird (a fried chicken delight), Korean galbi (complete with kimchi), or the delectable skinny or falafel bao for those of a vegetarian bent. Tasty sides include Cajun fries with spicy mayo, original or kung pao popcorn chicken, garlic edamame, and a house salad made from a medley of crunchy vegetables, with a sweet sesame soy dressing.
An assortment of flavorful cocktails will have you buzzing: from the succulent hibiscus whiskey sour to the popular pomegranate bellini. They have an array of beers and wines, including 1 liter and 2 liter Nada bombs to share among friends. If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic, try the homemade hibiscus lemonade. For those feeling devilish, perhaps finish off your night with a heavenly cinnamon bun served with a hot chocolate dip. From delicious food to exquisite drinks, the cool atmosphere at Bao Wow hits the spot every time.
+84 522 122 292
TUESDAY – SUNDAY (closed Mondays)
12pm – 3pm (lunch) & 5pm – 11:30pm (dinner)