Two reports give us an early look at Hawker Fare, the casual restaurant from James Syhabout of Commis fame. The new spot, which is situated near Plum, has a Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Quince alum as its chef de cuisine, and will focus on nouveau rice bowls and Asian street food. Related: Any other SF-based hounds jealous of Oakland’s food scene of late?

But to the matter at hand: Will Hawker Fare draw in the skeptics who were unconvinced by the tweezer-pinched precision of Commis, or is it for Syhabout loyalists only?

The 24-hour pork belly rice bowl wins the regard of …tm…, who praises the textures of the dish, from the tender pork to the crispy sunny-side-up egg on top. abstractpoet puts in a vote for the kao mun gai, a sous-vide chicken served with house-made dipping sauce and rice. Neither of our intrepid hounds liked the green papaya salad very much: Both were surprised that it lacked heat.

Right now Hawker Fare offers lunchtime service only (but lunch extends until 6 p.m.); dinner service will begin in the coming weeks.

Hawker Fare [East Bay]
2300 Webster Street, Oakland
510-832-8896

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