Generating a lot of buzz as a temporary pop up through Littlefoot, (a very popular bar and hangout spot) The Bao Bros plan to assault unsuspecting locals with Baos that have been popularized by the likes of Wonderbao and Bao Now within the CBD. This time, with Footscray in their sights, Bao Bros join the likes of 8Bit and their newly established sister restaurant Up In Smoke (Opening tomorrow – visit incoming!) to usher in a much welcome change to the inner west. Footscray may possibly be known for more than just Pho and Banh Mi.
Anyways.. on to the Baos!
Entourage in hand, we proceeded to order one of each on Bao Bro’s menu (Sorry vegetarians, no vegetarian bao. I’ll convert one day.. maybe. Probably not.)
First off, the actual Bao bun is ridiculously fluffy and slightly sweet which I didn’t mind too much. I would say their bun game is definitely on point and a lot larger than Wonderbao’s. I was not a fan of their Pork or Beef Bao’s – the candy crackling was salty and sweet, while the chimichong sauce tasted a little bit generic leaning towards a Hoisin sauce taste. The Chicken Bao did not fare much better unfortunately, even though the chicken was fried to a crisp.. it ran towards the dry side and tasted bland even with the yuzu mayo.
However, the star of evening was definitely the Fish Bao.
At $6.50, the difference in price marked a world of difference. The fillet was moist and the tartare sauce along with that dill was definitely a clear winner. I would definitely recommend the Fish Bao for first time Bao virgins.
I will definitely return once The Bao Bros open a spot of their own, especially if they add more Baos to the menu which I definitely think have a lot of potential for creativity.
3.5 moustaches out of 5!