Cleverly named for its fortunate address, Ba Hao retains references to the lucky number eight throughout its decor and menu. Everything from the dining rooms strongly lit red neon “8” sign to its unique eight dishes to its prices ending in eight. That said, the new place-to-be only offers a concise selection of three cocktails from their friends at The Never Ending Summer and Junker and Bar creating concoctions exploring the various Chinese herbal elixirs made in the neighborhood.
Forbidden Gold swirls a salted plum, plum liqueur, and lime together with Tsingtao beer, resulting in a replenishing and refreshing cocktail that is sweet, in all the right ways. The Five Rivers is presented by the bar staff as a feminine choice, though the ingredients reads like a rap sheet for a night out: drambuie, rum, fernet branca, and five different spices in a delicious mix. Opium is exactly what it says to be: a Chinese negroni. Ginseng and a special, local, herbal liqueur elevate the classic without threatening its bitter trademark. This will sure be a favorite for many.
The small menu with bites blends classic Chinese snacks with local ingredients and regionality, with every base from bar snack to sharing plates. The moorish, spicy jiao patongko (小油条) is the best twist on Chinese breadsticks to be found in Bangkok, which is also why we don’t have a picture of it either… sorry! Thanks to the partnership between a man who was raised in the area, an architect, a Mandarin Oriental-trained chef, and a collective of like-minded newcomers to the restaurant biz, Ba Hao has the backing and the conceptual strength to sustain itself beyond the “newly opened” hype.