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London’s biggest and best Asian food hall has arrived with a bang (Bang).
Nestled away in north London, Colindale’s Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall brings a bit of Asian spice to the capital and easily one of the best street food halls in London.
Based in a brand new, purpose built food hall, London’s Bang Bang Oriental has over 20 different street food key kiosks and huts, plus a well stocked bar (The Pearl Bar).
Not only a welcome addition to the London dining and street food scene, Bang Bang Food Hall also boasts the widest range of specialist Asian restaurants in the whole of the UK (presumably under the one roof).
As well as a food hall packed full of street food stalls, Bang Bang Oriental has a permanent, more formal dining restaurant on the lower floor called the Golden Dragon Restaurant.
Not only a welcome addition to the Asian street food scene in London, Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall also boasts the widest range of specialist Asian restaurants in the whole of the UK under one roof.
Before you dash off to devour the delicious dishes here, read our guide to visiting Colindale’s Bang Bang Oriental Food Court, for some of the best street food in London:
Our visit to Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall
We were blown away by the set-up here; the Bang Bang Oriental food court itself is bright and breezy and particularly clean. There were lots of seats and tables (it has capacity for up to 450 diners) and so many food choices.
We walked around the stalls several times at Bang Bang Oriental and didn’t really know where to begin – we were spoiled for choice and so made a couple of circles around the various kiosks before buying our dishes.
We visited Bang Bang Oriental Food Court on a weekday lunch time and were pleased to see it quite busy, with a nice mix of families, workers on their lunch break, lone diners and large groups.
There is definitely a sense of community here in Colindale. Some of the more popular Bang Bang food stalls had queues but none were too long and the service for our dishes was brisk.
As with many newer London food halls and street food set-ups, you order your dish at your chosen restaurant counter and are then given an electronic buzzer which vibrates a few minutes later when your dish is ready to pick-up.
Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall Prices
Food prices at Bang Bang were reasonable, with most noodle and rice dishes coming in at around the £7 to £10 mark (although seafood dishes were markedly more expensive).
Cheaper options are available including small snack dishes from Indian stall Patiala Express for less than £5.
Street Food Kitchens
Some of the Bang Bang Oriental food stalls and highlights include:
Yaki Ya Japanese
Joyful Japanese dishes at good prices, Yaki Ya at Bang Bang Oriental offers hot treats like Seafood ramen soup, katsu curry and our favourite, okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancakes – the best!), plus personalised bento boxes. Various meal combo deals are also available from Yaki Ya.
Known for their hand-pulled noodles, Very Duck is very delicious with specialty dishes including sizzly and spicy noodles, beef with pickled cabbage and beef noodle soup.
Most Very Duck dishes are less than £10 and popular dishes include Spicy Pork Noodles.
T.H.E Formosa Taiwanese
Regular readers of CK Travels will know we love all that Taiwan has to offer, including tasty Taiwanese cuisine. So we were delighted to see The Formosa at Bang Bang Oriental.
Highlights include braised pork rice, danzai noodle soup and Taiwanese curry rice (all £8 to £10 a portion although cheaper street food options are also available).
Orchard HouseSingaporean cuisine
Sublime Singaporean cuisine including Hainanese chicken rice (one of our favourite dishes from Singapore), spicy as sambal seafood nasi goreng and beef rendang.
Orchard House dishes generally cost £9 to £11 per portion for the Singaporean rice dishes and less than £10 for the rice dishes. Shaved ice and cold sweet treats are available too.
Hakka Southern Chinese
Chinese street food comes to Colindale. Their specialist dishes include Hakka pork belly rice, Ho Fun four treasures and homemade braised noodles. Our interest is also piqued by the fried mango prawns and vinegar pork knuckle.
Other awesome Asian street food dishes at Bang Bang Oriental food hall in 2023 include Oishi Tasty Sushi, Harune spicy South Korean cuisine and Malaysian cuisine from Coconut Tree.
The Pearl Bar at Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall
Unlike some Asian dining establishments, there isn’t a Bring Your Own (BYO) option at Bang Bang Food Court so no bringing in your own drinks from the Morrisons next door!
All types of drinks can be purchased from the Pearl Bar (very similar to an open plan cafe) located near to the main entrance to the food hall.
The Golden Dragon Restaurant
Billed as classic Chinese cuisine, the Golden Dragon at Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall is a more formal and modern permanent restaurant, open for lunch and evening meals.
The sister branch of the popular Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown, Soho, their menu consists of dim sum, hot pot specials plus seasonal offerings and chef’s specials.
We have to visit the Golden Dragon restaurant at Bang Bang Oriental so we can’t say how good it is but aim to try it on our next visit to Colindale.
How to get to Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall
Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall is based in Colindale on Edgware Road in the North London suburb of Barnet. The nearest London Underground Tube station is Colindale, half a mile / 10 minutes walk away. If you are driving to Bang Bang Oriental, there is free car parking for three hours available in the Morrison’s car park next door.
New for 2023
As well as all manner of Chinese New Year activities, Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall promises an array of eclectic events this year, from dragon dances to arts and crafts workshops.
Check out the Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall events here >
Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall 2023 Opening Hours
Bang Bang Food Hall is open 7 days a week from 12pm, and closes at 9.30pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 10pm (Friday and Saturday).
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