2012

Hawker Fare Restaurant Review, Oakland

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Hawker Fare

2300 Webster Street (between 23 and 24th street)

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 832-8896

Hawker Fare Website

Hawker Fare Oakland Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Hawker Fare is run by the owner of top rated Commis Restaurant, making this casual eatery a must visit foodies spot. They focus on Asian street food or more every day cuisine with everything from Chinese to Thai dishes. No reservations, loud music, loud vibe.

Insider Tip – No reservations, so there is a line during peak hours

Cuisine – Asian
Location – Oakland Uptown
Opened – 2011

Hawker Fare Oakland Interior Decor

Service – Hawker Fare had reasonable service for a casual eatery. They do not have a lot of servers, but the ones that covered us were friendly and helpful.
Verdict – Hawker Fare surprised us with very good Asian cuisine. High quality ingredients, combined with competent cooking made for a solid meal.

Hawker Fare Signature Dishes – Pork belly, Kao Mun Gai, Green Papaya Salad

Hawker Fare’s Menu features half a dozen starters and seven rice bowls for lunch. Limited options for vegetarians.

Website Hawker Fare Menu

Hawker Fare Food Picks:

Hawker Fare Oakland Beef Larb

Beef “larb” – grilled beef steak salad, red onions, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder ($7.50) rare beef, mild zestiness, lots of cilantro, onions, adding a ton of flavor.

Hawker Fare Oakland Green Beans

Blistered Green Beans – tossed in caramelized ginger “prhik king”, smoked pork bacon and dried shrimp ($7.00) looked unappealing but in the end were reasonable. They could have gone a little easier with the coating.

Hawker Fare Oakland Kao mun gai poached chicken

Our “Kao Mun Gai” – poached chicken served with a salted mung bean sauce, fresh cucumber and cilantro leaves ($9.50) contained a ton of high quality chicken meat that required the accompanying sauce.

Hawker Fare Oakland Pork Belly

24hr Pork Belly – Berkshire pork “tom kiem” style, five spice and sweet soy, with preserved vegetable mustard ($9.50) was an artery clogging dish consisting of 50% fat but well worth it.

Hawker Fare Oakland Rice Congee Jook

“Kao Piak” – rice congee with 1000 y/o eggs, ginger and scallions with chicken cracklings and fried garlic ($7.50) was well done and huge. Bland jook, but good add ins.

Cone – milk Straus Organic Dairy soft serve ice cream in a old fashion sugar cone ($3.00) was fun and had a slight condensed milk flavor.

Hawker Fare Oakland Affogato

Hawker “Affogato” – condensed milk soft serve with a shot of hot Thai coffee ($5.00) a must for coffee fans. Pretty strong coffee.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Hawker Fare on Urbanspoon

Hawker Fare Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on May 23rd, 2012
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