A HORDE of drummers in garish outfits were looking for somewhere to satisfy their taste buds after a gig at the WA Deaf Society.
No it’s not a scene from a new Zucker brothers’ comedy, but another episode from my wacky life, and we ended up at Hawker’s Cuisine in Northbridge.
The food is great, the restaurant caters for large groups and there’s enough Malaysian dishes to suit every palette, said one of our drummers.
The no-nonsense waiter didn’t bat an eyelid at our colourfully-painted faces, and shortly after taking our orders was back with mountains of food.
Two drummers wanted something light and opted for spring rolls ($6) and wonton soup ($7.50).
“It’s beautiful—very flavour-infused,” Flo said of her soup.
She was pretty impressed by her jasmine tea too ($1).
The rest of us hoed into the meatier dishes, including a beef rendang ($19.80), bakar (barbecued) fish ($30), salt and pepper squid tentacles ($21), vegetarian claypot ($22.80), and fried rice ($13.90).
“The beef is tender and it’s a great marriage of flavours,” Paquita opined.
Her hubby generously shared his chunky squid tentacles, which were tender and delicious, with a delicate star anise flavour.
“We come here frequently and the squid is a favourite,” Graham said, noting it perfectly complemented his Tiger beer ($9.50).
The tofu in the claypot was soft and silky, and the mushroom- laden broth had a lovely salty, nutty taste.
The grilled whole fish went down a treat with everyone—the flesh was moist and firm and the sambal sauce had a terrific chilli bite.
The fried rice was the only disappointment. It was a lacklustre dish that needed some spicy oomph.
Hawker’s Cuisine was given the thumbs up by our motley drum corps and is well worth a visit.
by JENNY D’ANGER
40 Francis Street, Northbridge