A secret restaurant hidden in Oranjezicht

Phillipa and Graham Oldfield in their dream restaurant, their own.

Philippa and Graham Oldfield had always loved the building that now houses their new restaurant Bao Down. Tucked away on a quiet avenue in Oranjezicht, Cape Town, the space was the perfect fit for what they had in mind. They jumped at the opportunity to occupy the space and wasted no time in transforming the former gallery into a restaurant.

Bao Down is the realisation of a dream for the couple but also serves as a solution to the situation they found themselves in.

“We have always wanted our own restaurant. Graham used to work at Chef’s Warehouse and I have my own catering company and we never saw each other. So, we decided to take the plunge and decided to do something together, to spend more time together,” said Philippa.

Graham Oldfield (left) cooking up magic in the kitchen.

Although both are qualified chefs, Graham handles the kitchen while Philippa manages the front of house.
“We have always loved Asian food. Graham always liked cooking Asian food, we have always wanted to do something like this,” said Philippa.

While its name speaks to its offering, Bao Down serves more than just bao buns. You can expect beautifully prepared Japanese, Chinese and Korean dishes. The offering follows a small plate concept of ordering a few dishes, sharing, and ordering a few more.

Visit Bao Down at
3 Vredehoek Avenue in Oranjezicht from
18:00 to 23:00,
Tuesday to Saturday. You can also book a table for a set menu Sunday treat.

The Bao Down menu.