The Little Ones Take a Bao
I'm always on the hunt for delicious places to eat with my little one that won't turn into a stomach turning experience. The last thing you need as you try and tame your tot is for strangers or staff to cringe every time food hits the floor. So on a recent Saturday night, along with our family friends who have their own little one, we ventured to the new restaurant Take a Bao in Studio City to give it a try.
I've heard this place can be a zoo during peak dinner hours so we went early bird special style and showed up at 5 pm. What I really like is you place your orders at the counter but then can sit down and have a proper dining experience with someone stopping by to make sure you have everything you need. We actually ended up getting our kids orders in minutes after we walked to avoid any mini hunger meltdowns. They have a fantastic bento box for the 10 and under set. Basically you pick three options; a starch (rice / noodles / fries), protein (tofu / chicken / fish / pork) and veggie all for $6.
Their food came out quick (thankfully!) and they were both happily scarfing down everything in front of them. Not only were they digging the flavors but it was a balanced dinner for them too. While the kids grubbed on their meal we enjoyed some delicious cocktails as we waited for our dinner. I highly recommend their passionfruit margarita to unwind at the end of the day.
Our food was also amazing. Their signature bao, or chinese inspired bun, with panko crusted fish was my favorite while the service was equally delightful. They were super attentive to our spirited little ones who were always in need of more napkins, water, fallen (thrown) forks, etc. No one gave us a second look as brown rice scattered on the floor.
By the time we were leaving, the place was filling up with other families, couples and people coming for pick-up. I've even called one night for take-out but they weren't taking any orders because they were so slammed - so plan accordingly! All in all three cheers for Take a Bao.
Take a Bao, 11838 Ventura Blvd, Studio City