LIT­TLE BAO DINER

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

HK$450 per per­son

Shop H1, G/F, 9 Kingston Street, Cause­way Bay, Hong Kong

TEL: +852 2555 0600

www.lit­tle-bao.com Af­ter tak­ing Soho by storm with the lit­er­ally lit­tle Lit­tle Bao, chef-owner May Chow has made her mark in Cause­way Bay. The new Lit­tle Bao Diner now seats 100—five times more than the orig­i­nal—serv­ing an ex­panded menu that still in­cludes the clas­sic name­sake baos. The new lo­ca­tion is aptly named, for the booth seat­ing and open kitchen re­ally do take af­ter the Amer­i­can diner con­cept, al­beit with a fresher, more con­tem­po­rary feel with de­sign notes of taken from the cha chaan teng (the Hong Kong an­swer to the diner) hand­book.

The restau­rant is def­i­nitely a so­cial din­ing venue, with a menu di­vided into “small shares” and “large shares”, with baos and desserts among the cat­e­gories. Favourites from the orig­i­nal are all present: the LB Cae­sar with lo­cal cured fish and fer­mented black bean dress­ing; brus­sels sprouts black­ened in the pan and served with a pi­quant mix of fish sauce caramel, chilli, peanuts and lime. But new cre­ations join the fray, from re­fresh­ing Korean glass noo­dles with cu­cum­ber, pomelo, Chi­nese cel­ery and yuzu soy to in­cred­i­bly mor­eish sea­weed and cut­tle­fish pop­pers with black gar­lic sauce. Ser­vice is on point, with just the right amount of sassi­ness and swag­ger be­fit­ting a fun place such as this.

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