The owners of Taiwanese restaurant Mr Bao will open their third establishment, Master Bao, in Westfield London in early June. It will serve “experimental dishes” from south east Asia and will also feature a — reportedly the world’s first — standalone vegan bao menu.
Frank Yeung, co-founder of Mr Bao, who opened Daddy Bao on Mitcham Road in Tooting, in February, to honour his father Joe Yeung, credits his son Gonzalo as the inspiration behind the new restaurant. The original restaurant, which opened in 2016, is known to be a Peckham favourite, and responsible for one of the city’s better breakfasts — its weekend brunch is a “relative secret” — Mr Bao found praise for both its Bao Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys. Daddy Bao, which was reviewed in 2018, was thought to be a “relaxed, unpretentious, young” place to be and one that would “fill you up, and pretty cheaply too” by The Telegraph’s Michael Deacon.
While Daddy Bao’s menu shares some similarities with the original restaurant — including a a lychee pale ale brewed by Old Kent Brewery — Master Bao’s vegan menu includes the likes of shiitake mushroom and ginger braised tofu baos as well as vegan dan dan noodles.
Yeung said that the new bao outpost was specifically created for Westfield London and that “the environmental impact of moving the world to a vegan diet is clear and represents the future of food.”