Bang Bang Oriental – Barnet welcomes London’s largest Asian food hall

13/09/2017 - 15:55
Putting Asian food on the map, London’s biggest oriental food hall – Bang Bang Oriental - has opened in Colindale, North London, shining light on the region’s diverse range of cuisines from Korean and Japanese to Indian, Vietnamese and Malaysian.

Designed to replicate a street food market, the 20 plus kiosks offer a pan-Asian experience, set to rival fellow London foodie scene, China Town.

Speaking exclusively to Eat Out, marketing manager Ying-Chu Chen, said: “We wanted to showcase food from different Asian countries so we researched the most popular cuisines in each country, which helped us decide what vendors would be most suitable for the foodhall.

“There are a variety of different cuisines at Bang Bang Oriental showcasing a large variety from Asia, such as Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisine from different regions.

"We have selected excellent brands, some of which are already popular and well known in Asia.” These include: LongJi Hong Kong Restaurant, Thai Silk and Ramen Samurai Ryu as well as UMi and Chatime.

When asked of the arrangement between operators and the foodhall owner, Edgware Capital Ltd, Chen replied: “The foodhall operators simply rent a space. The vendors pay a reduced rate in the first year to help start up the business. We are all in this new concept together, so we offer a reduced rate to help businesses succeed upon opening.”                                                                                                                        

Bang Bang Oriental further encourages this through customer feedback across its social channels, allowing them to review tenants and make changes accordingly. Since opening in July, the site has already altered certain dishes and prices, and plans to recruit mystery shoppers to gather further feedback for improvement.

While the upstairs food hall seats up to 450 guests, the 32,000 square foot venue is also home to Chinese restaurant, Golden Dragon’s, new 300-cover flagship – occupying the entire downstairs space - which is available to book for both lunch and dinner, with dim sum and traditional Chinese dishes taking centre stage.

For building residents, “Good Good Oriental Food Hall” – as translated into English - provides indoor and outdoor community spaces (free to hire for up to 60 hours a week), which are open to the public for events, dance classes and other cultural activities taking place there, such as Lion dancing.

Food aside - an eco-friendly green initiative - the site features an £85,000 bio-fuel cylinder, which is used to collect food waste for energy regeneration and thus reduce carbon emissions.

The venue is open from 11.30am - 9.30pm Monday to Thursday, 11am - 10pm Friday and Saturdays and 11am - 9pm on Sundays.

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