Bao Wow

Funky Asian spot in City Walk
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Time Out Says

Sitting in the space that housed the short-lived Dragonfly – from German Michelin-starred chef Tim Raue – much of the restaurant remains the same (in other words, it’s bright red).

The massive red booths, dimly lit bathrooms with Chinese  wallpaper and split-level layout remain. Bao Wow has lifted this though and brightened it with massive pops of colour and vibrant wall art done in collaboration with Dubai-based graffiti artist Ramy Elzaghawy.

The overall look is fresh, fun and funky. But another thing Bao Wow has in common with its predecessor is that it’s empty. Is it the position in City Walk? Or is it not what diners in the area are after? Either way, we’re the sole patrons in the restaurant leading to an awkward, souless vibe.

That’s where the similarities end, however. Where fine Chinese dining was once served (remember those outstanding wasabi langoustine?) now comes below par Asian food.

And when your dining companion asks “do you think they have a chef or just a microwave?” there’s a problem.

We opt for a selection of bao to kick us off. The chicken teryaki version tastes greasy and fatty, while the Take a Bao selection of prawn, beef and lamb are equally unappealing. The rainbow candy dim sum sounds so fun we can’t resist, though wish we had, as soggy, tasteless parcels arrive.
The chicken katsu curry is so dry it’s sent back to the kitchen.

Aside from the cool wall art, there’s nothing redeeming about this spot, which is a pity.

Funky Asian spot in City Walk

For the art, but not if you want to eat anything

17 Oct 2018

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesAsian, Chinese
Dress CodeCasuals
11:30 AM to 11:59 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMMonday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMTuesday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMWednesday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMThursday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMFriday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PMSaturday: 11:30 AM to 11:59 PM
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Dubai, Jumeirah, Al Mustaqbal St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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