For mains, we sample a number of dishes on the menus which were made out of cardboard - a nice touch to the modesty of street culture. The first dish that came out was their version of the Hainanese Chicken rice. I grew up on poached chicken so I was in love. The only complaint is I adore dark meat and it was only served with white meat. The chicken was served with 3 different sauces (chilli, soy and ginger) and the trick to this dish is to experiment and mix the sauces with the chicken to create different combinations of flavour. My recommendation is to pair the chicken with ginger and a hint of the chilli! We also sampled the 'singapore style' noodles - the flavours were unlike any Asian noodle dish that I have had, it was complex and heavy but light all the while being a delicious addition to our meal. We had to try Hawker's version of the popular Singapore dish - the Laksa Lemak which is a thick and rich coconut curry soup with yellow rice noodles, fresh snow peas, egg plant, red pepper and tofu puffs all mixed into it. Our portion size was definitely large enough to share with the four of us and then some. It was creamy and tart with good texture from the fresh ingredients and a surprise runny egg which was a nice bonus. Finally we tried their sting ray. I have never been a huge fan of sting ray but the server convinced me that it would taste as rich and tender as scallops and right he was! It was really flaky and light however there was too much sting and not enough ray referring to the number of long bones in the sting ray so be very careful when eating. Our bellies were quite full of Hawker style food but also cocktails as we drank our way through their creative drink menu as well but we were convinced again by our server to attempt dessert which were their banana fritters. Came to our table bright green, served with red bean ice cream, were simply delectable and a perfect way to end our evening.
What a good introduction to the flavours of Singapore! This is a great spot for a new type of Asian cuisine and would highly recommend a visit! **** stars Hawker Bar 64 Ossington Avenue
Neighbourhoods: Ossington Strip, Trinity Bellwoods, Beaconsfield Village