I always pay attention when a restaurant is busy busy busy on a week night. I think filling up on weekends is easy but to be full on a weeknight at 9pm means you are doing something right. That’s the first thing I noticed about Take A Bao when my family went for dinner on a Wednesday night. This Studio City (Los Angeles) restaurant was jamming, it was full of couples, single folks, and families enjoying their meal.
My daughter and I were invited to experience their Kid’s Menu.
I love how they broke out the menu into 3 categories – a nice way to teach kids what are sources of protein, carbs etc. I also like that fries are not listed under vegetables.
Aren’t these Bento Boxes the cutest way to serve a kid meal? I love the boxes and apparently so did all the kids eating there:
Simone ordered the Grilled Tofu, Sweet Potato Fries and the green beans. She was a fan of the sweet potato fries (never met a kid that doesn’t love fries!) and the tofu. They were both seasoned and had just the right amount of flavor for the kids. She was not a fan of the green beans as they were just boiled. I think Take A Bao could definitely season it with some garlic and soy sauce similar to the Chinese Green Beans and the kids will love it. The kid’s menu is priced at $6.
We also tried their Tofu Popcorn, Shishito Peppers, Roasted Sesame Edamame, Duck Confit Bao and Short Rib Bi Bim Bop. Everything was perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented. I thought the tofu popcorn, lightly battered tofu cubes with cilantro cashewnut chutney, was a very innovative dish. The cilantro cashewnut chutney was so delicious that I asked the chef for the recipe.
My favorite part of the whole experience?
The Ginger Lychee Martini! I think I can drink this baby all the time. Made from candied ginger, lychee puree and fresh lime zest – sipping it made me feel like I was on some beach in Asia.
Do check out Take A Bao – you and your family will truly enjoy your dining experience.
All of the photography in this post unless otherwise noted ) is ©Rashmi Nigam . I was invited to experience Take a Bao with my family. All of the thoughts, opinions, images and such are my own.