Hawker 45 - Exotic Street Food Done Right
I had my eyes on Hawker 45 from the minute it opened. It seemed like something different, something very interesting and authentic. And when I'm talking about authentic I refer to when the chef and her team does something from the heart and transmits it to the customers. That is exactly what happens at Hawker 45.
The menu brings street food inspiration from Latin America (Brasil, Peru) and Asia (Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam...) and I find it very intriguing when there are plenty of ingredients named next to each dish, and there are many that I am not familiar with. The stranger the better is my motto, so I usually go for the things with the most ingredients I am not familiar with..! It is so hard to choose from the menu, because there are so many dishes I want to try. If you go during lunch time it's easier: they have a menu del día that's good value for money. You can still choose from the menu if you prefer.
The cocktail menu looks amazing, I have yet to try that. Something tremendously fascinating on the menu is a food and cocktail pairing, and rest assured: I will go back for that.
A huge thumbs up for the fact that you get FREE water brought to you to the table, and it's purified through reverse osmosis. In a city where you will never get free water to the table this is something much appreciated.
But let's go back to the food. I loved the laksa made with rice: wonderfully thick and tasty with exotic, rich but mild flavours that marry together perfectly. I also thoroughly enjoyed a lamb satay that was served in a banana leaf together with rice. They make their own sodas and kombuchas, make sure you try them unless you prefer beer (they have craft beer too), local wines or cocktails.
I love the food, the drinks and the atmosphere at Hawker 45, and I am sure you will too. Try it!
Address: C/ Casp 45