Bam Bou

A lunch I was looking forward to for the entire week hit the skids massively as work got very busy at 11am. 

Thus we had to rush what I had been seeking to savour; a first trip to Bam Bou, the Franco-Vietnamese (pan asian) that sits at the head of Charlotte Street.

The dining room was nice and classical, and felt not unlike a front room of a house. I kicked off with a bottle of Asahi black – a superb beer.  

We began with a clear broth of chilli, coriander and orange – normally I don’t rate these kinds of thing but this was really good, woke up the palate nicely. An insisted upon starter was the soft shell crab – and it was very tasty, with a zingy chilli dipping sauce.

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Some chicken wings followed – a little to much of a fiddle to get the meat off the bone in any way approaching respectability, chopsticks abandoned early on. Superb satay on the side though, very sweet.

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Then followed scallops with spiced pork belly. The scallops were only good, but the pork was divine – seasoned right through and quite a vibrant pink this was a silky, crackly and wonderful mouthful. 

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My favourite dish was the fillet of beef. This was served in small bits, with a side pot of salt and pepper, which we were instrcuted to squeeze lime into before then muddling the beef through it – wonderful. 

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Credit to the staff, who responded well to our requests for a hurried service, and the graciousness of our hosts. A couple of dishes were less memorable, the thai curry, and dumplings sat alongside the chicken wings as a little above mediocre. 

However I’d like to try it again in less distracted settings and see if this place is better than this – some of the dishes were fantastic and I can see why it is the go-to restaurant for a friend of mine.

So much to eat, so little time….

HungryHungryHumpo

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