164 Ossington Ave
Service: 3 / 4
Ambiance: 3 / 4
Food: 2 . 5 / 4
After a day full of DIY projects gone wrong, my friend DF and I decided to go out for a nice dinner. Together, we are always looking for new places to try, and one of us had heard of a good review about the tiny little fusion restaurant Hawker Bar tucked away on the Ossington strip. This eatery does not take reservations, so they recommend you come earlier than you want to eat to get your name down on the list. The place only seats about 20 people, with only two tables that seat more than 2 guests.
We started off with the 1LB OF SINGAPORE STYLE CHICKEN WINGS. The wings were flash fried and tossed in a sweet chili soy sauce and sliced fresh red chilies. Let me tell you, I have never had such tasty wings in my life. They were just the right mix of sticky, sweet and spicy. Although this menu option is under the snacks column, this is a dish that needs to be shared; we each had about 5 wings and were quite full when we were done.
At first we were a little sad about how full we were because we had lots of food still coming; but when we saw the HAINAESE CHICKEN RICE arrive, we were no longer sad. The poached chicken was served over fragrant rice, and accompanied by chili sauce, ginger puree and sweet dark soy sauce. It sounded much more exciting than it turned out to be, particularly because we had to mix the ingredients into a sauce ourselves. The dish tasted as bland and boring as it looked.
It was the HAWKER LASKA LEMAK which specifically drew us to the restaurant. The coconut chili soup was served in a large bowl with rice noodles, tofu puffs, snow peas, red peppers eggplant, broccoli, crispy noodles and a deep-fried egg. The broth was very thick and resembled more of a coconut curry than a soup. I would suggest ordering a side rice to go with this dish; it was too rich on its own. Beware it can be very spicy; DF had a hard time getting through it.
Would we go back? only for the wings
STANDOUT DISH OF THE NIGHT:
The Singapore Style Chicken wings