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Now open: Tom Andrews introduces Jardine House's all-new dining destination BaseHall

by: WOM Guide
08 Jun 2020

After a couple of years in the making, BaseHall, an all-new and highly innovative dining concept has landed in Jardine House to redefine Hong Kong’s celebrated dining scene

Featuring WOM favourites such as Treehouse by Christian Mongendre, south-of-the-border fare go-to Westside Taqueria plus never-before-scene kitchens such as chef Barry Quek’s Return to Lemak and Roti Tori by yakitori experts Yardbird, it’s set to open its doors on Monday, 15 June. Other partnered outlets also include the highly Instagrammable Cookie Department, Co Thanh, Modern Korean spot Moyo Sik and Hong Kong brewery, Young Master.

To celebrate this joyous occasion, we chat with Project Lead Tom Andrews of Hong Kong Land the concept behind this anticipated food hall, how it can help the local F&B scene and future plans for the space.

Watch more: Take a look at BaseHall here.

Left: Project lead Tom Andrews of Hong Kong Land

Right: BaseHall founders and outlet partners

A brief introduction of BaseHall.

BaseHall is Hong Kong’s bold new dining destination, a multi-concept food hall in Jardine House set to re-define eating and drinking in Central.

Read more: What to eat, drink and do in Hong Kong this week

How was BaseHall conceptualized? How did it come to be?

We took almost two years to choose our operators, searching across the city for the most exciting and upcoming talent.  Our aim is to incubate new F&B concepts in Hong Kong by providing a unique platform for creative chefs to develop new offerings. We hope that BaseHall will become an exciting new dining destination for the Central office community as well as our LANDMARK customer base. The diverse mix of food and drinks as well as music and content will definitely create a fun space for our younger clientele.

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BaseHall bar detail

How is BaseHall different from other food courts, halls and culinary spaces in town?

BaseHall is like nothing else in Hong Kong. We have invited homegrown culinary talent - both established and newer brands - to come together to help celebrate our F&B scene. The design is also exciting thanks to a creative partnership with Linehouse. The concept draws from historical depictions of Jardine House in 1970s cinema, conveying a nostalgic throwback. Everything is designed to make the experience swift and seamless for Hong Kong's diners and drinkers, including a convenient and smart Point of Sales system that consigns cash transactions to history.

How can BaseHall potentially help Hong Kong’s F&B scene?

BaseHall is designed to showcase smaller operators from across Hong Kong in a prime location. The food hall will offer a platform that increases awareness and foot fall to up and coming culinary talent. Our aim is to create a spirit of cooperation and community within the industry, to encourage creativity and new ideas. 

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Korean meatballs from Moyo Sik

What do you hope to achieve with BaseHall with respect to how Hong Kongers eat?

BaseHall is about the smaller outlets, the type of brands who create amazing food but struggle to find a platform to showcase their talents. We will have ten outlets - all of which celebrate Hong Kong's homegrown culinary talent - from Roti Tori, a Japanese-inspired rotisserie chicken spot by Yardbird Hong Kong, to Pub 1842 from Young Master, tacos and more at Westside Taqueria from taco king, Esdras Ochoa. Contemporary nasi lemak at Return of Lemak by the renowned former chef at Beet, Barry Quek adds a new offering to the mix.

Other outlets include the likes of Honbo from Michael Chan with his famed gourmet burgers, Moyo Sik from the same people behind the much-loved contemporary Korean spot Moyo on Aberdeen Street and Co Thanh, whose authentic Vietnamese dishes have led to lines of diners on Kau U Fong.

Those after tasty, plant-based wraps and salads can hit up Treehouse, while for decadent and indulgent treats, Cookie Dpt have all the cookies you'll need. Finally BaseHall Bar has the ingredients to keep people entertained day or night, be it for a freshly brewed coffee, worldly wines or an Asian-inspired cocktail - maybe with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side.

Available drinks at BaseHall

What are your future plans for this new culinary space?

As a place to celebrate Hong Kong and its creative food industry, BaseHall is  set to experiment with brave new culinary ideas and events, championing the food and people that make one of the world's greatest food cities so unique.

BaseHall, Shops 9A, 9B, 9C, L/G Floor, Jardine House, 8 Connaught Place; www.basehall.hk

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