BaoziInn - Romilly Street

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Dim Sum

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Baozilnn, an 80-cover restaurant serving authentic, affordable Northern Chinese street food, and the first in London to offer all-day Cantonese Dim Sum with Sichuan and Hunan influences. Our star dishes include Prawn and pork wontons, Chengdu jiaozi dumplings drenched in the best quality XO Sauce, incredible handmade Dan dan noodles swimming in house-made speciality sauce with a combination of soy sauce, sesame sauce, peanut sauce, and minced pork, Fried prawn brioche, Crispy oyster mushrooms, Salt and pepper squid, Jiaozi in hot and sour broth; Sea bream in fermented soya bean sauce and Braised red pork belly. The Baozilnn menu features a range of regional Northern Chinese favourites – hearty, comforting, affordable, yet adventurous.

Baozilnn -人民公社, meaning “people’s canteen” has been brought to you by Barshu group, which, twelve years ago, caused a sensation on the London restaurant scene by opening Barshu Restaurant.
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LC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We used to like this place but last visit has been really disappointing! Super poor quality food (cold fried platter, cold noodles), smaller quantity than before and we had to chase them to even order... the final touch has been one of the waitress suggesting us to have the braised pork belly with steamed rice and then bringing what apparently was fried rice - overpriced considering it was a small bowl of rice with a little amount of vegetables - £11.80 instead of £2.50 for a side dish! I think we would never come back, it's not worth it...

OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thumbs up!

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rebranded and with a new menu, Bashan is Baozhi Inn now. Still excellent but considerably more expensive - I would still recommend it any day.

KP
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food used to be authentic and good value for money. Now the food isn't authentic and it's way overpriced! For example, inauthentic fried rice (people complaining about why it had chili powder on it) that was a small bowl for over £11!! Reminded me of Chinese tapas - small portions, huge pricetag. I won't be going back. :(

FP
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Apart from not confirming our attendance with Open Table, we didn’t have to wait more than a few minutes to be seated upstairs, We had a window table with a great view of Bar Shu on the corner of Frith St and Romilly St. which had a Chinese red lantern in every window! Our waitress was attentive, although our last dish did not arrive. We understood, as it was Chinese New Year, the kitchen was very, very busy, and we had already enjoyed Dim Sum and Salt & Pepper Squid. All in all, a great experience.

DP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always and our friends loved it as well.

MR
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, service and food. But it’s very expensive for what it is.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have come a couple of times and decided to booked it for my birthday dinner, they were all wonderful, even though I hadn't told them it was my birthday (as I don't like the fuss) they realised it was a birthday and brought us out some buns with a candle in! Incredibly thoughtful! I don't live int London but always make a stop to Baozi Inn for dim sum when I am over and I have never been let down. Great quality food and service!

AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Extremely delicious dim sum and amazing Chinese dishes! There were lots of vegetarian and vegan options - the fried oyster mushrooms and mapo tofu were a particular highlight. Really quick service too - ideal for a pre-theatre dinner. I'll definitely be back again.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow but pleasant service. Flavours a little bland. Seating uncomfortable.

F
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was really good but the menus could have more detail to help understand what you are ordering. Sadly the staff were not really helpful. They even got one order completely wrong bringing 2 non veg meals when one should have been veg.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Very good value for central London

FF
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

BM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food was not very good plenty of garlic to cover any flavour. Very expensive and the wine was really poor quality too. Overrated place.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have no idea about Chinese food generally even though I have travelled through China. But I enjoyed the experience of meeting a friend in Baozilnn, the staff were extremeply pleasant and helpful and the food was good, the price "normal" for central london, the menu was clear and advice on what to order hellpful.

MF
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Despite an amazing menu and great food quality this place deserves a poor rating due to the horrible service...

KG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting range of dim sum. Reasonably prized. Helpful staff. Benches rather narrow and menus need a wipe/clean/replace.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was not what I had expected. I had booked online. However, this was a good thing. The restaurant was lovely. The service was excellent and the food was really lovely. We were surprised the rice appeared first but then shortly after all the other plates of food appeared. It was a bit like Chinese tapas.
Overall the food was delicious and we would definitely return.

EV
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We focused on the dim sum options and were very pleased with our choices. The food was vibrant and presented nicely. It’s a small place but one would think it large for the quality of food. When in London, we will seek it out again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is just stunning. A lovely spot.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dumplings!

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great restaurant, went for a quick lunch and such delicious food and many options. Highly recommend.

SH
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and atmosphere. The restaurant is very small but has a nice feel to it. We felt comfortable and enjoyed our lunch. Would have preferred more of a choice of tea and perhaps not just a teabag in a mug. Apart from that the dumplings were delicious.

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall, the food is fresh and tasty and good value for money. The place is quite small and perhaps a little disorganised. The only reason for not giving 5 stars was the slightly slow and chaotic service. In the end, we were offered a large table in a private alcove...a luxury for 3 for Sunday lunch. £75 for the three of us including tip for dim sum. I would go again, but not if I was in a hurry.

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table for 6 people at Baozilnn - Romilly Street to celebrate a friend that was leaving London. The food and service were amazing and all my friends were very delighted with the choice. There are no many places in London where you can have great quality of food at a very honest price. Will come back for sure and I have already recommended the venue to couple of friends.

EC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect spot for a fast lunch!
We enjoyed everything, that was delicious and fresh!
We loved it!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When I arrived they didn’t have a table ready even though I made a reservation, which was not great... but the food was really good and the place looks lovely

GR
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food, dumplings, and noodles were all amazing!

VL
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent Chinese food. The pak choi was just right: a tiny bit crunchy and not overcooked with a lot of flavour and served with garlic. The pork was very tender and juicy, and the scallops cooked just right. I had previously had the spinach which was a delight. It is better to book but we were always well received and had a nice table.

A
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a great experience at BaoziInn, the staff were very helpful and attentive, and the food was phenomenal! Lots of great options and food arrived speedily. Highly recommend the Prawn and Chive dumplings.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was flavourful and authentic, albeit fairly small portions. The service was attentive and our server was really helpful, though clearly overworked in terms of number of tables. The dim sum was tasty though rather sticky. The scallops were absolutely fantastic. Our table was in a small and stuffy room in the back that was lacking in ambiance. This was a pity given that my parents were visiting from overseas and I had requested a good table. There was nothing particularly bad about BaoziInn, but I'm not rushing to recommend it.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

My husband and I visited for our anniversary. We booked via open table cause you had good reviews and you were on time out. We couldn't have been more disappointed.

When ordering from the menu it wasn't clear what all the ingredients were in the items on your menu. I asked the person serving us what was in all of the colourful dumpling sets as I only ate seafood and vegetables (no meat). He pointed out the ones that had prawn and we ordered that and the turnip cakes.
I had assumed that we would have been told there was meat inside as I told the server I don't eat meat.
When the meal came, I ate a turnip cake and felt I could taste someathing strange. I started to feel a bit sick and ill so I asked the waiter if there was meat inside the turnip cakes. He said no I don't think so but I will check just incase. When he came back he confirmed there was.

I had told the lady to approached our table what happened. She was nice and offered something to help or change the food but at that stage it was too late. She also said she thought the menu was clear but its doesn't show ingredients. I was sick in the theatre after our meal and again at home and have been left ill all weekend. This totally ruined my weekend, our anniversary night and the theatre booking we had made that evening. The restaurant also didn't appear to care too much as they said I should have known better!

MG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The place is a little bit dark but it makes it even more cosy. I can't remember names of two girls who were serving us but they were both very lovely and patient as we couldn't decide what to have. We got our food pretty fast and oh my, that food.
I've had Dan Dan Noodles for the first time in my life and it was simply amazing. My boyfriend had Spicy Beef Shin Noodles in Broth and it was also great.
We're not from around London but next time we're there we're definitely coming back.
The value is true to the quality and the overall experience was great.

LV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

They must have had an off day

AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Il cibo è ottimo, il servizio altrettanto. Rapporto qualità prezzo non bilanciato. Porzioni non abbondanti.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only bad thing was that there were no more Xiao Long Bao, that created a kind of a disappointment

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food is good but service is quite slow and doesn’t check on you much

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, service and ambience.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food a lot!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent meal, with decent service in a central location