The soothing aesthetics at Bam Bou recall the colonial Indochine of decades past. Four floors of the Fitzrovia townhouse are done up in dark wood and deep colours, with tasteful orientalist touches. The menu sweeps through Vietnam, Thailand and China with dumplings, soups, noodle dishes, curries, and fish and meat in both small-plate and main-meal portions that blend the flavours of East and West.
The food isn’t high on authenticity, but dishes are well presented and the better ones – such as a small plate of wok-fried cuttlefish with lemongrass, ginger and chilli – have an appealing spice and aroma. The star dish was sticky, tender slow-braised ox cheek with morning glory and sesame seeds. Less successful was a crab and green-mango salad with chilli dressing, which was short on crab and mango but plentiful on (unannounced) grated carrot.
Desserts are in a more western vein, with the likes of trio of chocolate brownie or coconut panna cotta with spiced pineapple. Service is poised and friendly, as befits a restaurant that’s part of the same group as the Ivy and Scott’s. Dining is on three floors, with the top floor given over to the luxe Red Room cocktail bar.
1 Percy Street
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 5.30pm-1am Mon-Sat. Restaurant Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Main courses £8-£15.75. Set lunch (noon-5pm Mon-Sat) £10 4 dishes, £15 6 dishes, £20 7 dishes. Set dinner (5-6.45pm, 10-11pm Mon-Sat) £15 2 courses, £18 3 courses|
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With the 50% off food in January we set out for a feast and everyone of the dishes bought out to us was fresh and delicious. The candlelit bar was beautiful and the cocktails superb. Service was attentive, thoughtful and kind. What a gem of a place. Thank you for an amazing birthday!
Place looks really good.
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This is a great overall experience for food - pre-dinner drinks - meeting friends or business, I have been here on at least 5 occasions and can recommend the mojitos - fantastic best I have ever tasted - then the food, well, I have so many favourites but try - Soft shell Crab - to die for - roast belly of pork yum yum and the scallops are amazing TIP: Book early so you get a table by the window and also leave plenty of time to have a drink, if its a nice day/.evening they have a roof terrace as well
We visited early evening on a Wednesday (first evening customers I think) and were made very welcome by the staff. The attention was sustained through the meal even though the restaurant filled quite quickly. The food was brilliantly cooked and we had meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Each was well balanced with mixes of flavour I could never achieve at home! There are many imaginative innovations on the menu such as the range of made in house chilli sauces and cocktails which make Bam-Bou a unique and enjoyable experience.