When you’re short on time but want somewhere tasty to eat, this is the place to go
^ Sitting on the corner of Old Compton Street and Greek Street Bun House is perfectly situated for some of the best people watching this city has to offer and yesterday evening I took full advantage!
Inbetween Himself finishing up at the office and me needing to hit the road for an event (more on this soon!), we had a small window of opportunity to capitalise on some ‘us’ time – so it was off to Bun House we went!
Their menu is small but perfectly formed, however, I’d advise the less adventurous to read said menu thoroughly. This is proper Cantonese food, so “Fries with Mayo” for example is actually ducks tongue and “contains small bones”.
So yeah, know what you’re ordering!
The decor is really striking, minimal but definitely leaves an impression – the floor tiling was my fave
It’s mostly a take away endeavour but there are a few seats dotted about for the fortunate who nab a table at just the right time!
The counter is piled high with steaming baskets and all buns are made to order so that each one is perfectly bouncy, light and fluffy when delivered to your table
We left the sides and pickles to those with more time and instead dove straight in with two main course buns and two dessert buns
First up and the true winner to be honest, was the Pig Bun (pork belly, cured belly and yam) with a sweet and sticky bbq sauce that made me ever-so-slightly reluctant to share!
Next was the Chicken Bun (grilled thigh, liver paté, miso and prickly) also very good but the sauce isn’t as spellbinding as the Pig Buns, so it didn’t quite make par in my mind
Himself and I caught up on each others day while a pretty constant stream of traffic came in and out of the restaurant, very few opting to sit in, although we did pass by later and the place was standing room only, so clearly it’s a big hit with the 6pm-finish office lot!
For dessert, we started with the Custard Bun, filled to bursting with duck egg-coconut custard, it was sweet without being sickly and is well worth your time when you visit!
And finally – drum roll please
The Red Choc Bun, this thing is really quite special! Fair warning, the “red” references chilli, but also the inclusion of pigs blood – now don’t be getting in a faff – you can’t taste it and it’s exactly like the gravy you get in restaurants or make at home! From what I could tell, it’s basically used as a thickening agent, honestly, all you taste is the dark chocolate with a very mild chilli kick and it’s extremely nom!
A final mouthful of tea and we were off again with happy bellies, simply delighted with our mini date venue
Go early if you can and enjoy all the people watching but best not when Bun House is heaving, just eat your eats and then clear out for the next hungry mouths!
One final note, there’s a Tea Room downstairs that serves food from the restaurant alongside their very own cocktails…and it has a 3am license…