Good things come to those who wait, the saying goes. And at Soho sensation BAO, those good things come in the form of light-as-air, fluffy-as-a-cloud Asian milk buns with fillings such as confit pork, soy chicken and lamb shoulder.
Trouble is, the waiting part can take up to an hour... Which is why we're now fans of that lesser-known proverb: 'good things come to those who go to Fitzrovia'. For there you will find a second, newly opened BAO, serving up all the classic buns plus an expanded menu of charcoal-grilled sharing plates and artisan cocktails…
And with DOUBLE the space of the original, meaning TWICE the amount of tables. We like those odds.
Bao, 31 Windmill Street W1T 2JN
Customisation, it's still THE thing. But while you may have your self-designed bag, monogrammed jumper and initial pendant, admit it: there's one crucial thing missing. In a word: GIN. Here to rectify this quite obvious void in the personalisation world are juniper genies Portobello Road, who have taken over the former Chanel boutique in Covent Garden and turned it into a market where you can create your own unique G&T. Choose from an array of botanicals, tonics and tinctures, plus garnishes covering everything from strawberries to starfruit. It's booze's answer to an Anya Hindmarch sticker satchel. And just as likely to involve a smiley face.
Thurs-Sat, until 30 July
Portobello Road Gin, Unit 3, The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2