After a long day of beating around Broadway’s pavement, weidling mass-shopping bags (of course), it was time to take a respite and fuel our thirst and hunger. And, as luck should have it, we stumbled across Tuck & Bao—a brand spanking new Asian fusion restaurant with plenty of character and tasty fare.
The prominent corner position features street-side dining. To the left you’ll find a charming tiki bar, to the right a dining room with ample room and out the back a bright courtyard with prime views of the open kitchen. The interior is a mix of classic furnishings with pops of oriental decorations. The vibe is relaxed and the aromas drifting about are more than enough to make you salivate.
Alrighty… You like bao buns? Well, you’re in some serious luck here because there’s a whopping seven options to choose from! The fluffy white buns are generous in size, with generous amounts of filling to match. The ‘bok bok’ features insanely crispy chicken with spring onion relish, crisp lettuce and sesame mayo. The ‘bao boy’ is piled high with Orleans’ fried shrimp, tomato, pickles and sriracha mayo. And the ‘bad bao bao-ger’ is their take on the classic cheeseburger.
Make your way further down the menu and you’ll see the remainder of it is broken up into a few sections - ‘small tucks’ are—you guessed it—small bites. Their crunchy wonton tacos are filled with asian slaw, spicy mayo and your pick of protein (or tofu). There’s an array of tasty dumplings and a noteable salt and pepper squid.
‘Sharing tucks’... Let’s not go through this again...but yes, they are designed to share. There’s a zingy pad thai, succulent pork ribs or a new take on surf ‘n turf with ‘miss piggy & miss krabs’—a glorious combo of melt-in-your-mouth pork belly and crispy soft-shelled crab. There’s also kids options and plenty of fresh and zesty salads, too.
Owners Benedict Hefford and Nela Zisser, are ecstatic about the new opening.
“We wanted to create a sanctuary for our customers—a place where they can take a respite from their hectic days and enjoy relaxed, tasty food,” the explain. “Yes, the food here is tasty, but we’ve designed the menu so dishes are out in a flash—some of the local corporates around here only have half an hour to eat… And we want to cater to that”.
And, we can attest, food did come out in a flash and definitely boasted some serious flavour.
Whether you’re a resident worker/local or just in the area, a visit to Tucks & Bao should be on your to-do list—open from lunch right into the twilight hours, their playful menu and friendly service is sure to put a smile on that dial.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews