Having successfully run its business for a little over a year now, Base Bar on the Parade has established itself as one of the trendy, top spots to grab a beer, enjoy some cocktails or feast on their delicious-looking (and tasting!) wood-oven pizzas!
An extension of the iconic Bath Hotel (and initially used as a garage to store spare parts), Base has renovated itself to showcase a briliant blend of rustic and contemporary design that acts as an inviting space to people from all walks of life.
Providing its patrons with a relaxed outdoor seating and a more cozy inside seating area, one can enjoy the feeling of being pampered by the excellent hospitality of the staff and some beautiful treats that are fresh off the menu.
One of my favourite drinks - which might as well be the size of my head (bonus!) - is the Aperol Spritz. It's such a refreshing drink and has an excellent value of $9, given the generous spill.
For food, I couldn't look past the Yoder smoked pork sausage with European coleslaw, mac and cheese, and BBQ sauce. The pork was so well cooked and tasted scrumptious with small dollops of the BBQ sauce. While one might think of mac and cheese as being an ordinary side, I thoroughly enjoyed it and could have easily ordered a massive bowl of it to have on its own as well. The cheese was beyond amazing and perfectly cooked to present with perfectly cooked macaroni. While not a huge fan of coleslaw, it provided for a cooling aftertaste.
I also had the opportunity to try the Yoder smoked pork belly with cauliflower puree and fried pickles. If you're a fan of pork belly like I am, then you'd know that the crackling sets the standard for the rest of the dish. It was so delightful to see and devour a juicy, crisp crackling, which was resting over tender and soft pork meat underneath. The fried pickles were an interesting side to have, but they tasted really nice with the cauliflower puree - something I thought I'd not like, but ended up enjoying to the fullest.
Of course, I couldn't leave my fine dining experience at Base without looking at (and shamelessly drooling over) the dessert menu. I opted for something simple - the soft serve ice cream with caramel popcorn, but I can tell you now that this dessert was anything but ordinary. It was like dessert porn, but with some seriously sweet and glorious flavours - all in one dish! I think the novelty of the syringe with the caramel syrup further added to the excitement of this dish. And don't worry - you won't get stung (except with sheer happiness for your sweet tooth)!
Base Bar offers a fantastic spot of socializing, beautiful feasts, and lots of open and inviting spaces to be enjoyed solo or in a group, and with their latest lunch menu taking off, you can't go wrong. Prices are average ($$) but you definitely get your value's worth (possibly more!)