Bao House brings you a range of delicious treats from Hong Kong streets.
To our surprise, as the name suggests, we didn't spot any baos on their menu, but it showcased a bunch of other stuff - noodles, soups, rice-centred specialities, house specialities and a hotpot. A few items on their menu were limited to paper, but we absolutely enjoyed the ones we tried here.
We started off with a plate of Crispy Prawns (Rs. 680). You get six prawns on this plate, alongside a helping of sweet chilli sauce.
Encased in a deliciously crispy, well-seasoned batter, the prawns were deep-fried to perfection, and glowing with a beautiful golden colour. Adequately chewy and succulent, this is an ideal one to awake your tastebuds before the mains.
Next up, the Bao House Chicken Fried Rice (Rs. 850). The protein you want with this is up to you, really - they serve it with chicken, beef, pork, seafood and of course, tofu, if you are a vegetarian.
Fried rice is a popular staple in Sri Lanka that tend not to give much of an effort, and we were quite glad to see how Bao House had paid attention to every tiny detail on this bowl. Topped off with a bullseye egg, a couple of cucumber and tomato slices, and a side soup, it was plentiful with well-marinated, boiled chicken pieces to go with every bite. Lots and lots of it. With a sprinkle of thinly sliced carrots, spring onions and chilis mixed in, the rice itself was fluffy, and oozed out with some nice peppery hit, and was not too oily in texture. Paired with the scrumptious runny yolk of the egg, this is definitely one of the best rice dishes we've had.
The soup on the side was a flavourful addition. It was a thin soup, with a handful of spring onions slipped in, and had tiny hints of lemongrass popping through.
At a glance, it might look like a massive helping of deep-fried, golden coloured noodles, kinda like a birds' nest, but have no fear. While these noodles have a good crunch to bite, the excellent broth underneath that, is what makes it so interesting.
Made with onions, carrot, bok choy, black mushroom, baby leek and tender strips of pork, this broth was packed with sweet and sour flavours, in a perfectly balanced manner. It was like a fragrant blend of porkiness, in a deliciously creamy texture. Thanks to having soaked up all these flavours, the noodles on the bottom half tasted excellent, and was not soggy at all.
As for drinks, we got two glasses of Lime Juice (Rs. 450 each). Refreshing, very limey and not watered down, it was good, but the tiny glass size didn't quite justify the hefty price tag.
Located on the 1st floor of Rococo Residence, Bao House is a spacious, air-conditioned establishment - enough to accommodate around 30 people at a time. The green and brown theme here works out quite well with the plenty of natural lights seeping through the glass windows. It has a calm ambience - exactly what you need if you want to enjoy your meal in peace.
The service here kinda depends on the waiter you get. We were served by two waiters. While one of them was quite helpful and friendly, the other one did not seem to be fully familiar with the menu, and the availability of the dishes. Anyway, food and drinks took only around 10 minutes to arrive.
All in all, our experience at the Bao House was a great one. While there's room for improvement, in terms of availability of the dishes and service, the food was total satisfaction, and it's well worth the price you pay for it.
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