James Syhabout’s Next Spot

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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