Here’s everything you need to know about BaseHall – Central’s newest foodie hotspot…
While soulless food courts are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong, trend-led food halls showcasing local independent talent are few and far between. That’s what makes the opening of BaseHall, the city’s latest must-try dining destination, so exciting.
Located in the basement of Jardine House (taking over the former site of Grappa’s Cellar), this multi-concept food hall brings together the very best of Hong Kong’s culinary scene. Take your pick from ten of the coolest homegrown vendors, ranging from old favourites (like Cookie DPT and Cô Thành) to highly-anticipated newcomers (including Roti Tori, Return of Lemak and more). There’ll also be live DJs, as well as space for bands and dancing – coupled with its late opening hours, we can see BaseHall becoming a go-to hangout long after lunch and dinner ends.
Keen to find out more? Ahead, we’re giving you the lowdown on all of the culinary outlets you can find at BaseHall. Make sure to bring your appetite!
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Where To Eat At BaseHall
Bringing a taste of Vietnam to BaseHall, Cô Thành delights with slurp-worthy noodles, comforting bánh mì and moreish small plates. The Bún Bò Hue (Hue Style Beef Vermicelli Soup, $118) and Bún Mam (Fermented Fish & Shrimp Noodle Soup, $118) are Cô Thành classics, though a special mention has to go to the Bánh Mì Ốp La (Fried Egg Baguette Sandwich, $98) – trust us, sandwiches don’t get much better than this.
Cô Thành, www.cothanhrestaurant.com
Sassy Tip: In a rush? Most BaseHall vendors allow you to order online in advance so all you have to do is pick up and go. Head here to find out more.
In its most permanent pop-up to date, Cookie DPT has dessert covered at BaseHall. Your sweet tooth can expect all of the classics, including Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet White Chocolate and Brownie Filled, alongside exclusive limited editions. What’s especially noteworthy about this location is that it’s the first with an oven – because there really is nothing quite like a hot, freshly-baked cookie to warm the soul!
Cookie DPT, cookiedpt.com
If you’re looking to indulge, you can’t go far wrong with Honbo. Look out for the exclusive BaseHall Burger ($138), which features a 4oz patty with a molten cheese centre, complete with homemade pickles, house sauce and fresh onions. There’s also a vegetarian Impossible™ option ($108), finished with vegan X.O sauce for an unexpected kick. Make sure to grab a side of Cheesy Tots ($58) and an Apple Pie Iced Tea ($38) for ultimate satisfaction.
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Contemporary Korean cuisine is the order of the day at Moyo Sik, brought to us by the team behind Soho hotspot MOYO. The menu here consists of a range of Bansang Combos which feature a main, sides, rice and noodles. Choose from the likes of Bulgogi Tokgalbi Meatballs ($120), Pork Soon Tofu Spicy Soup ($120), Veggie Bibimbap Rice ($90) and more. We’ve also heard good things about Moyo Sik’s Honeycomb Iced Latte ($40). Pro-tip: for a smooth after-work tipple, ask the team to add in a shot of whisky.
Moyo Sik, www.instagram.com/moyo.sik
Following his successful laksa pop-up in Cô Thành last month, award-winning Singaporean chef Barry Quek is back with a brand new foodie concept. Return of Lemak is a celebration of Southeast Asian street food, with a particular focus on Nasi Lemak ($138) and Nyonya Laksa ($128). The menu may be small, but every single dish is memorable thanks to Chef Barry’s use of the very best local ingredients and contemporary techniques. Finish off your meal in true Malay style with Cendol ($58) – a cooling coconut milk, pandan jelly, red bean and crushed ice dessert.
Return of Lemak, www.returnoflemak.com
Are you a fan of Yardbird’s succulent, charcoal-grilled yakitori? Then you have to try Roti Tori – the brand’s newest culinary concept specialising in Japanese-style rotisserie chicken. Available in quarter ($58), half ($108) and whole ($188) portions, Roti Tori’s chicken offering is marinated in sake, shio koji and kombucha salt for maximum flavour. Each order comes with a signature sauce; highlights include a Hong Kong-inspired Spring Onion, Ginger and Coriander Green, Miso Onion Gravy and a Red Flagrant Hot Sauce. The sides are not to be missed either. We’ll take a double helping of the Ro-Tater Tots please (from $40), which come with a topping of Nori, Sesame and Bonito.
Roti Tori, www.instagram.com/rotitori
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Plant-based dining never looked so good thanks to Christian Mongendre’s progressive, chef-driven outlet TREEHOUSE. From Sourdough Flatbreads ($60) to Grain Bowls ($128), Burgers ($98) and even Dessert (from $35), TREEHOUSE delivers on both sustainability and convenience. As an added bonus, we also have Christian to thank for ensuring all of the food packaging and cutlery used throughout BaseHall is compostable.
11 Westside’s “Taco King” Chef Esdras Ochoa brings the roadside taqueria experience to Central with Westside Taquiera. The concise menu champions tacos – our faves include the Al Pastor ($48), Baja Fish ($48) and Mango Shrimp ($48). Homemade Guacamole and Asada Fries are also available to complete your Mexican feast.
Westside Taquiera, www.11westside.com
Where To Drink At BaseHall
From freshly-brewed coffee and fruit smoothies by day, to worldly wines, Asian-inspired cocktails and Italian Spritzes at night, BaseHall’s signature bar employs the help of Mandarin Oriental to keep you suitably hydrated. Bar snacks are also available; the “Classic” Grilled Sourdough Cheese Sandwich ($128) is one of the best we’ve ever had (think oozy gooey cheddar cheese, matched with caramelised onion, leek and chive). Insert drool emoji.
BaseHall Bar, www.basehall.hk/basehall-bar
Taking over a cosy nook towards the back of BaseHall is PUB 1842, a new all-day drinking and dining concept from Young Master. Enjoy brewery-fresh ales and lagers, alongside draft cocktails and a daily dram. Its Reverse Happy Hour starts from 8pm till late, where beer on tap is priced from just $40. Of course, as with any good pub, the menu includes savoury pies and curries. We loved the local-inspired Mui Choi Bacon Pie ($98), packed with flavourful double smoked bacon, pulled pork, mui choi and potatoes.
PUB 1842, www.instagram.com/1842by.youngmaster
BaseHall is open Monday to Saturday, 11am till late.
All images courtesy of BaseHall.