There’s three floors of street food fun at Hello Oriental, where a Chinese bakery and cafe is joined by Vietnamese restaurant Rice Paper Pho, the Asian-inspired Downtown Oriental foodhall and a supermarket stocking everything from frozen dim sum to soju and sake.
Grab a coffee or tea – classic or green – and a fresh bake from the ground-floor café Hello Bakery, where you can sit in or take away, and traditional Asian bakery classics are combined with new Asian-inspired modern fusion baked goods. Take the stairs down past the mezzanine-dwelling Rice Paper Pho, hanging underground above the bottom level, and you’ll find the street food-focused dining hot spot Downtown Oriental and market Hello Oriental. This one-stop shop stocks specially selected Asian fruit and vegetables, oodles of noodles, crisps both sweet and savoury, and handpicked boozes, like Japanese whisky, and soft drinks. Against a soundtrack from on-the-spot DJs, Downtown Oriental’s open kitchen in the same bunker churns out dim sum and bao buns, Chinese roasts and fried rice, taiyaki soft serve ice cream and bubble teas… Back at Rice Paper Pho and you’ll get a taste of Vietnam, with guilt-free fast food from bowls of comforting pho to a mad selection of super-healthy summer rolls and flavour-packed, colour-popping Vietnamese salads. There’s also plenty on the vegan and gluten-free front, along with halal options – just ask.
And if you don’t fancy food, you can just rock up (or down) at the bar in the basement, where a wide range of Asian beers and cocktails are on the menu.
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