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By The Loop HK Staff | January 15th, 2021
  • Restaurant
  • Central, HK Island, SoHo
  • Address: ,3-5 Old Bailey Street,Central
  • Open Hours: Daily, Dinner & Late Night
  • Capacity: 50
  • Open Since: January 4th, 2021
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean
  • Ambience: Trendy

Straight outta Seoul: Westside Hospitality – the minds behind taco hotspots 11 Westside and Westside Taqueria – have turned their hand to a new cuisine with the opening of OBP, bringing the Korean sool-jip experience to Soho.

Look & Feel: Tucked away in a hidden alley behind Old Bailey Street, OBP combines rustic, minimalist aesthetics and a dash of Korean gastropub charm. Expect bare, industrial-esque floors and walls, hefty wooden tables and benches that would be ideal for post-COVID communal dining, and lush walls of green plants.

OBP interiors

On the Menu: At OBP, drinks are as important as the food. Westside Hospitality’s Beverage Director, Daniel Eun, has whipped up an intriguing list of exclusive cocktails liberally laced with Korean spirits like soju, makgeolli (Korean rice wine), and baeksaeju. We’re keen to try the tangy, refreshing Dokdo (Sour Apple) Gimlet ($120) which features Chungha (Korean sake) and the Red Devil 02 ($120), an ode to the 2002 World Cup South Korean soccer team and a play on a Negroni-inspired cocktail Eun previously cooked up at New York’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell).

Of course, you’ll want to wash all the booze down with some grub, and OBP’s menu has just the thing. There are 17 sharing snacks and hotpots, all inspired by the traditions of Korean cuisine. For the perfect pub-style bites, try the more traditional fare of easy-to-eat Kimchi or Seafood Pancakes ($108/$128), moreish Boneless Fried Chicken ($108), and Galbi Dumplings ($98). We’d also put in a special mention for the tartares – available as tuna ($148) or beef ($168) – which come dressed in a rich, tangy sauce.

Got a major hunger to sate? No worries, order up one of the generous mains, instead. Turn up the heat factor with the Spicy Braised Pork Rib ($328) – which comes with a tableside raclette – and try the melt-in-your-mouth Flank & Shank ($338) which features tender beef shank, shiitake mushrooms, chives, glass noodles, and a beef broth that’s been brewing for six hours.

Jeng: Creative craft cocktails, incredibly moreish bites, and a low-key neighborhood vibe? What’s not to love?

Not So Jeng: For a casual, boozy night out, it wouldn’t get much better than this.

Great For: Fun nights out with the crew with great booze and bites.

FYI: Due to current government restrictions, OBP is offering lunch service, afternoon combo sets, and delivery. Normal operations (from 6pm-2am) will resume after the restrictions lift.

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