Base Bar is a subset of The Bath Hotel and is one of the trendiest restaurant and bars in Norwood. It’s contemporary New York decor is a feature with exposed ceilings, industrial lights, brick naked walls and open plan kitchen area. Grabbing a drink after work is not a problem with their strong wine list, beer and cider on tap, and an extensive collection of spirits and cocktails. In the past, their food menu had a lot of deep fried options but that has since changed with the release of their new menu. It’s now about fresh local ingredients with their true flavours brought out in the simplicity of the dishes. Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample some of the new offerings. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
We started off with the South Australian Yellow Fin Tuna which was served with a Vietnamese salad and Thai green mayonnaise. The tuna was fresh and pink in colour, its texture was smooth and silky. The salad was full of fresh Asian herbs which was very refreshing. The subtly tangy mayonnaise did really well to bring all the ingredients together.
Next was the Wood Fired Squid with cucumber, coriander, cherry tomato and peanut pesto. The squid was perfectly cooked and it melted in your mouth like butter. Once again, a combination of fresh Asian herbs made the salad light and refreshing. The inclusion of cherry tomato added a touch of natural sweetness while the peanut pesto reminded me of well refined cheese.
One of the larger dishes was the Chorizo and Vongole Paella. The generous amounts of fresh baby clams created a wonderful aroma as the dish was brought to our table. The rice was rich and creamy and you could taste the flavours of the ocean. The chorizo was nice and smokey, and the vegetables added plenty of colour to the dish.
Next up was the Base Burger which comes with a double beef patty, cheese, base mac sauce and pickles. The beef patties were well seasoned and moist, and the combination of melted cheese and mac sauce prevented the burger from being too dry. The buns were nice and firm, and held all the ingredients in well.
Of course, a visit to Base wouldn’t be right if you didn’t have some of their pizzas. The pizzas are a decent size and come in a crunchy thin base. The pizza below is the Hahndorf meats which comes with chorizo, pulled chicken and sopressa. The toppings are generous and I reckon I could easily eat a whole one to myself.
The other pizza we had was the classic Margherita which comes with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil and olive oil. In true Italian style, fewer toppings means a better tasting pizza, and this was definitely the case.
For dessert, we had the Base Snickers Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with two generous scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream that were smooth and creamy in texture. The sandwich itself is made from two biscuits that are nice and crunchy. This is further complimented by the peanuts. The drizzle of chocolate sauce tops it off and creates something that is delicious and decadent.
With the introduction of the new menu, Base Bar is moving with the times by offering healthier options while still retaining the deliciousness in the dishes that they’re renowned for. Combine this with the friendly service and hip, intimate vibe, and this is still the place to relax and unwind.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank the staff at Base Bar and The Bath Hotel for their hospitality, and also Social Media AOK for making it all possible.
WHERE: 234 The Parade, Norwood