This rather small and cramped outlet is the second of two (Indian owned) Hawkers restaurants in Dubai, the first (and original) being in JLT. I suppose I could have called it cosy, but it’s not. In fact, there’s barely space for the four tables they have lined up against the wall, opposite the glass-walled kitchen.
Who cares about size, if the quality is right? I was there for the promise of amazing Asian street food, most specifically to try their Laksa.
Hawkers Asam Laksa, although a far cry from authentic South East Asian Laksa, didn’t quite suck either. I’ve had much worse in Dubai, notably at the mighty Noodle House (now that’s one to be avoided at all costs).
Highly recommended by one of their staff, I also ordered the Malaysian Peppered Steak. It was unbearably salty and taken straight back to the kitchen after I a couple of bites.
They then brought me the blandest Singapore Noodles I have ever had. It was so bad, I took two mouthfuls (out of courtesy), before asking for the rest to be packed to take away.
I really wanted this restaurant to work. For one thing, it’s menu includes some of my favourite South East Asian dishes. But based on this visit, I’m afraid to say it just doesn’t cut it. And that’s irrespective of how friendly and accommodating their staff were. There are just too many better (much, much better) Asian propositions in the Oud Metha and Umm Hurair area…starting with Rasa Sayang, Lemongrass, Spring Bamboo, Gangnam, Tum Tum Asia, Moshi, and my personal favourite, Chef Sam’s Lan Kwai Fong.