Bun House

We were thrilled when Bao opened a larger branch in Fitzrovia last year and it meant we could eat a dinner of Taiwanese steamed buns without having to queue first, as we had at their original branch. We’ve often found the immense fillings (not least the black cod) rather unwieldly nonetheless. And whilst this is absolutely fine when we want to go for a solo dinner (our favourite way to eat at Bao), we would also like to have a weekday lunch with a friend in slightly more elegant surroundings. This is where the lovely Bun House comes in. It opened in March, on the corner of Greek Street and Old Compton Street and has already developed quite a following and it’s not hard to see why. It has been designed beautifully for starters (one of the co-owners has a design background) and is easily the most tranquil place we’ve ever eaten a steam bun filled with pork belly. The Chinese buns served here are also, crucially, sealed rather than left open — as at Bao — so there’s no danger of losing any of the delicious filling! We have to say this is the most low-maintenance way we’ve found yet (no queues, no faff) to wolf a lunch of delicious buns and some stand out pickles (daikon and kohlrabi as well as the ubiquitous cucumber). A small word of caution, however: this is not a brilliant place to bring a vegetarian as even the house fries are actually (alarmingly tasty) deep fried duck tongues! Everyone else should run not walk to Greek Street.

Bun House
23-24 Greek Street, W1D 4DZ
020 8017 9888
— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
31st May 2017