REVIEW: Bun House, Soho
WHY GO? Pillow-soft buns, interesting Asian beers and pickled *everything*. A secret Soho spot to keep up your sleeve…
WHAT? A small, unassuming bun house in the middle of buzzy Soho, a couple of minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square stations. On sunny days, grab a pavement table for the best people-watching in the city. Drizzling? Duck downstairs to the cavernous Tea Room, where cocktails (rice wine and aged tangerine, we’re looking at you), large/small plates and sweet dessert buns await.
STAR DISH: It’s all about those buns, hun. Hand-stamped and Cantonese in style, pig, lamb, chicken, fish and veg are available, coming in at £2.50 each. They’re best enjoyed with two sides per person – we tried tangy shallot babies and ‘house fries’ with mayo – but be warned, they contain no potato. Crispy duck tongues taste about as confusing (and cartillage-y) as they sound – and though we enjoyed three or four, we found them a little rich for our tastes.
The pickle options are extensive (everything from Daikon to Jicama via Blue Garlic) and glass noodle salad has the perfect amount of kick. Menu items are marked ‘veg’, ‘spicy’ and ‘squirty’ (perhaps avoid the latter on date night – until you get home, at least). To wash it all down, a Monkey King amber ale and a wheat ale from Nine Dragons Brewery. Perfect for a casual date or Friday lunchtime treat.
DETAILS: 23 Greek Street, Soho, London,W1D 4DZ / Bun.house