Bao Down is a fusion food restaurant that opened up their second location in Olympic Village featuring Filipino/Hawaiian inspired dishes. Along with their regular baos (steamed bun sandwiches) on the menu, this location serves up large plates, cocktails, and a raw bar during dinner service. I decided to visit this place over the weekend to check out their brunch menu with a friend. I settled for ‘Hot Stuff’ ($17) while my friend ordered the ‘Maui Wowee’ ($15).
Hot Stuff ($17) is basically spicy chicken and waffles with macadamia syrup and the ‘Maui Wowee’ consists of banana pancakes smothered in macadamia syrup and macadamia nut praline. We also added an order of Thai Iced Tea ($5) each. After our drinks arrived, it took a while for our food to come which was a bit irritating as the restaurant was not bustling at the time. My drink was just passable- for the price I would not order it again. Almost every table had an order of chicken and waffles or banana pancakes! When our food arrived, I was a little disappointed with the portion size because the other tables had a much bigger of portion of fried chicken on their plate compared to mine. Oh well. The chicken was nice and crispy and had a good amount of spice to it but the meat was a little bit dry. The waffle was served soft even though the menu described it to be ‘crisp’. Without the macadamia syrup, it was quite bland.
Maui Wowee ($15) I thought my friend’s banana pancakes were pretty delicious. They were nice and fluffy and the macadamia syrup went quite well with them. They reminded me of banana bread-just on the sweeter side. It got a little too overwhelming for her to finish due to the amount of syrup smothered all over her plate (which made the plate look very unappetizing). For the portion size, I thought it was a pretty good deal.
Note: Their baos are only available during lunch service
Rating : 3/5
Price: $$ ($20-50)