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Sophistication has reached a whole new level at Bao team’s latest venture, immersing diners into the delicate world of Taiwanese teahouses from the 30s: swooning Art Déco vibes by BraddyWilliams Studio (dark wooden panel walls, celadon green and powder pink seats, marble floor), tea kiosks, brilliant tiny solo tables and private mahjong rooms.

The small delicate plates flutter about between two sips of ceremonial tea or paired whisky: tomato and smoked eel a bit heavy on Sichuan pepper; lovely Xian Bing pan-fried pork pancakes; intriguing cuttlefish toast; comforting and fragrant Shou Pa chicken… End on a high note with the splendidly simple almond ice cream with black sesame sauce.

Valentine Benoist

Last update: 25/03/2019

TAKEAWAY

Loose leaf tea (£13.50-23)
Teaware (£20-75)

MUST-EAT

Shou Pa chicken

MUST-DRINK

Tea and whisky pairing

THE SPOTS TO KNOW

First floor dining room
Mahjong Rooms (4-8)

WHEN TO GO

Weekend tea ceremony
(£32 pp)

Starters: £4.50-12.50
Mains: £14-24
Sides: £3-7.50
Desserts: £4-7
Lunch and pre-theatre menus: £19.50
Group menus: £45-75
Teas: £5.50-12
Cocktails: £9.50-12
Wine: glass from £5.50, bottle from £28

Restaurant
Monday-Friday 12-3pm and 5-11pm
Saturday 12-4pm and 5-11pm
Sunday 12-5pm

Teahouse
Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm

30 Rupert Street
London W1D 6DL

+44 (0)20 3319 8147

Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square