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Hawker Fare
Asian Fusion Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
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2300 Webster St Oakland, CA 94612
2300 Webster StreetUSCaliforniaOakland94612
$$Asian Fusion RestaurantToday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PMThursday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PMFriday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMSaturday 5–10PMSunday ClosedMonday 11:30AM–2:30PMTuesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
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Trendy neighborhood joint offers local organic Asian street food in a lively graffiti-covered space.- Google
"Also tried the condensed milk soft serve cone and the coconut rice pudding."
"Salt and pepper shrimp were the highlight."
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Vivian Chan
3 months ago
We wanted to like this place, we really did. So much so that even after having a pretty bad experience the first time we came on a bustling Friday night, we went back a month later to give it another shot. This time on a busy Saturday night. To get straight to the point: the ambience is nice--not too big, not too small, the people are friendly, the drinks are interesting, but the food here is too spicy. We are honestly blown away that most people can eat the food here. Let me set the stage a bit: I say "most people" because my boyfriend A who can eat chilis and spicy on the spicy meters of all cuisines, and 4/6 things we've had at Hawker Fare have been overwhelmed with the hot/spicy rather than spice/complexity/flavor/taste. The worst offender of all was the beef tartare larb. Sure, the hipster waitress said that it was "a little spicy" but we had no reason to think she meant borderline inedible. That time we also had the khao man gai (not really flavorful and completely off on the sauce if you take nong's in portland, or even lers ros in sf, as a standard) and the moo yang (nothing special, hard to get lemongrass pork wrong. The larb had dug a deep hole in how we saw the restaurant's food..and the two other items didn't do anything to dig its way out. We waived that dish as a fluke. Fine, so we go back this past weekend and order completely different things: the blistered green beans, the green curry with fish dumplings, and the sausage entree. Green beans were good. Green curry and sausage were again, spicy for the sake of spicy. To be more specific: green curry was not that flavorful, but did include hefty chunks of thai chilis (which can be really bad for those who can't take spice). Sausage had the thai chili built into it. Hotter that what we'd imagine most people could handle also. Oh and the chicken fat rice was nothing to linger about. It says something when people rave most about the green beans. Sorry Hawker Fare, we really wanted to like you, but if we're in Uptown or Downtown Oakland, honestly our money is better spent somewhere we can taste the complexity of the flavors instead of getting our taste buds obliterated by thai chili.
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Eli Anders
2 months ago
One of my favorite restaurants on the planet. Bold funky spicy delicious flavors of southeast Asian street food.
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Frank de Jong
2 months ago
Thai sausage so spicy I had drops of sweat on my forehead. Street influenced Thai food reasonably priced and delicious.
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Marie T. Fisher
12 months ago
Hawker Fare is so confident in its new digs that it didn't even bother to remove the large Amber Dhara sign above the door (just look at the posted menu to know that you're at the right spot). Our group of six for dinner was seated promptly and well attended to. The street-style food is heavily Thai influenced, so expect lots of curries, meats, and funk (which should be cut with hand-held helpings of jasmine and sticky rice). Note: It's a tiki bar, so the only non-rum based cocktail is a Singapore Sling, expertly made with gin and not at all sugary.
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Xavier Lee
a month ago
Reasonably priced, tasty, SE Asian street food. Love their pork belly dish. Food here is worth the wait.
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Areca H'lael Smit
2 months ago
The food feels a little like a blunt force instrument. With the exception of a couple of dishes, it lacks nuance and can be extremely spicy or strong in flavor. Combine that with spotty service and you're likely to get disappointment.
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Kate Auman
4 months ago
Our server was temperamental and ruined our experience, she failed to order a meal with the rest of our party. Then disallowed us to cancel our order and brought it out burnt. I'll admit I was sad because the host and hostest was quite amazing--got our wait from 40 minutes to 5.
Abigail Gutierrez
8 months ago
We were promptly seated, early for a reservation, then moved. All within 5 minutes. Then ignored for another five, before we left. Very unfortunate, as I looked forward to experiencing what I heard was a wonderful restaurant.