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|Address:||1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB|
|Tel:||020 3641 1872|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £53.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm|
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Bam Bou is one of those places I pass by on a regular basis and after a friend's recommendation, I thought I'd take a chance. The staff were incredibly courteous and quickly showed us to our table by the window. The wood panelled restaurant is decorated in what can only be described as ‘colonial’ style which gives the place an opulent atmosphere but the room is quite small and the tables are rather too close to one another for a place that sees itself as an upmarket venue.
The meal was perfectly adequate and we all enjoyed what we ate but some of the dishes are over-priced for the amount of food you get. The Bun Cha (pork skewers with rice noodles) was far more generous and only two thirds of the price of the sea bass. I appreciate the latter is more expensive but £15 is a little steep for a small bit of fish by itself. On the other hand the spiced duck, which was similar in price, was a reasonable size. So, choose your dish carefully.
The wine list is ok, nothing spectacular, with the cheapest bottle about £16. While I'm pleased I've finally eaten here and really liked the feel of the restaurant, I'm not in any rush to return. If you're looking for proper Vietnamese food and can cope with cafe-like surroundings, then head to Kingsland road. You'll get a much better meal at a fraction of the cost.