Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 寶貝小館

After seeing many positive reviews about Bao Bei, I have been wanting to come here for months! BF and I came in the early evening and we were seated right away by a male host. I was expecting to wait for a few minutes since I read sometimes there is a line up (the restaurant is very small), but the restaurant was less then half full.


The menu is limited and I noticed that everyone was drinking? Bao Bei seems to be a place to drink and snack. With the menu already limited, our waitress told us the pork jowl and crispy pork belly was sold out, our menu then became more limited.

MARINATED EGGPLANT, SOY, GARLIC AND GINGER ($4.00). The eggplant has a very light taste and for those of you who like heavier or saucier tastes, it would be nothing special or memorable. The menu describes what the eggplant exactly is - eggplant, soy, garlic and ginger.

HOUSE MADE TAIWANESE SAUSAGE, RICE WINE AND PORKY GOODNESS ($5.00). The taiwanese sausage tastes flavourful without tasting oily or salty. The only difference between a housemade and packaged one - housemade does not taste greasy, salty or oily.

PORK AND PRAWN IN CURRY XO ($9.00). I wish I could say the wontons tasted good but they are horrible. The soup tastes like warm water and the wontons are the worst both of us ever had. The wontons look big in the photo but it is the small cup that makes them look larger. If you are in Chinatown and want wontons, you have more luck going to Hon's or the food court. The wontons are basically just skin with a tiny bit of pork, you cannot taste or see any pieces of prawns.

BEEF TARTARE, PEMBERTON BEEF TENDERLOIN, MUSTARD ROOT, CRISPY SHALLOT, GINGER, QUAIL EGG, WATERCRESS, BURNT SCALLION OIL AND TARO CHIPS ($14.00). The beef tartare is served warm and did not really taste "proper", we were hesitant to finish it. However, the taro chips were quite tasty, crunchy and lightly salted.

SHAO BING, SESAME FLATBREAD WITH CUMIN LAMB SIRLOIN, PICKLED RED ONION, GREEN PEPPER, CILANTRO AND SALTED CHILLIES ($12.00). The shao bing is too thick, not crispy and has a really hard texture. On the first bite, the only taste was bread and cilantro. By eating just the bottom piece of bread, I was able to taste the lamb. The lamb tastes tough and chewy but not too salty. At this point we wanted to quickly finish and eat elsewhere.

The food is edible but is it worth the price? The SHAO BING ($12.00), BEEF TARTARE ($14.00) or WONTONS ($9.00) are not IMO and technically the EGGPLANT ($4.00) can be considered over priced as well. I may sound bias but as I mentioned before, everyone here was drinking and I feel like this is just a place to drink and snack. And that is it. So if people are here to drink, I can understand why the food does not taste very good. It is as if people come here after dinner and they are eating when they are already full, so that way if the food does not even taste good, it will not matter.

Service wise.. I have never been more furious than at this restaurant. The male host seated us right away (it was pretty empty inside so we were able to get a seat and not have to wait). Next, the female waitress seemed friendly and she disappeared after but not a big deal. What upset me the most was as the dishes were coming out, no one even told us what they were. Actually, the people bringing them out did not even say one word to us. No "enjoy your ....." or "this is the ....." , nothing. Our plates were not cleared as well. Service does not exist here unless you are a regular customer. In the end, we asked for the bill and the man seemed to have an attitude problem. BF thought okay, let's give them a 20% tip and see if employees here will at least say thank you for visiting.

...we got nothing. Even with a 20% tip. No "have a good night", "bye", "thanks for coming", nothing. Not only that but it takes somewhere who had a pretty good meal, or a very bad meal to e-mail a restaurant. I e-mailed them and a week later, no response. That really shows they do not care. Even on Instagram I tagged Bao Bei, no response. If they do not even pretend to acknowledge this situation, it really shows what kind of restaurant this is, they must only enjoy their regular customers.

Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5

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  1. why would you give the 20% when they gave you bad service...if they didn't care about you in the first place...they won't care how much you tip them...would you have rated them any differently if they gave you a fake smile FOR THE MONEY and not out of appreciation for their customers?

    1. Meh, was curious to see if they would at least say thank you, like any other restaurant. Btw, I never rate restaurants differently because of the service (other than the rating for the service) and I am okay with people faking customer service - it's just a job.



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