I’m obsessed with Bao buns. I have been ever since my best friend introduced me to them a year ago. I can never turn away from them when I see them in food markets or if I’m down in China Town. Now, the Spice Market in the W Hotel is giving the street-food favourite a rather luxury rework with a Barley & Buns pop-up this Christmas.
Open until the 18th December 2015, you can tuck into a fluffy range of Taiwanese bao-style buns, paired to perfection with beer cocktails and craft beer.
Side note: I hate beer, but these cocktails are probably the best cocktails I have ever had, I didn’t expect to like them but the Ginger Shandy is a dream.
Giving the humble bun an upmarket makeover, the buns are generously filled with incredible Spice Market-inspired fusion flavours, including succulent soy glazed short rib, apple and jalapeno; crispy soft shell crab bun with Asian slaw and sriracha; and Malaysian vegetable, crispy garlic, ginger and sweet soy – I recommend paying the crab bun particular attention!
You can check out the full menu here, or check out the specials below:
2 buns + 1 side + home-made soda for £16.50
Every day from 12pm to 3pm
2 buns + 1 side + 1 Barley cocktail for £19.95
Every day from 5pm to 6:30pm
Buy 1 Barley cocktail get one free
From Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 7pm
1 Barley cocktail pitcher and 5 free mini-buns for £45
Every day from 5pm