FOOD REVIEW: Barley & Buns, Spice Market

It seems steamed buns are having a moment in London right now and riding the wave is Spice Market with their newly launched ‘Barley & Buns’ pop-up, running through till Christmas.

The menu includes six bespoke Taiwanese Gua Bao-style buns and a small selection of sides. We couldn’t resist the Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Soy Glazed Short Rib (the clear winner) and the Crispy Korean Chicken buns – all heartily filled and pillowy-soft. Teamed with a bowl full of Edamame and Spicy Thai Slaw, we settled in and got well acquainted, stuffing ourselves as full as a gua bao.

Also on the menu is a selection of barley cocktails, specially chosen to complement the buns. We couldn’t resist the Spiced Negroni made with Campari, gin, Peroni, Elemakule bitters and the Grapefruit Cooler, a sharp concoction of tequila, fresh grapefruit, agave, Schieballion and grapefruit bitters. We finished things off with a bag of cookies and ice cream boxes – truly novelty desserts but a good way to end (their ginger ice cream went down a storm).

If you’re not yet on the bun-wagon (sorry) and are needing an introduction to steamed buns, then get yourself down to Spice Market pronto. This is one food craze that isn’t going anywhere.

View the menu online & book a table here: