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Khao Mun Gai Is the Star of the Menu at Hawking Bird

Chef James Syhabout’s fast casual restaurant is all about chicken

Hawking Bird
Ellen Fort

After the closure of Oakland’s Hawker Fare earlier this year, many fans of chef James Syhabout’s khao mun gai were left bereft of their favorite dish. Now, Syhabout is bringing it back, along with chicken fat rice, garlic noodles, and tater tots starting tomorrow, December 8.

A bright yellow and blue facade welcomes diners to the corner restaurant, formerly craft cocktail bar Blackwater Station (4901 Telegraph Ave.). Now it’s set up for fast casual domination, with a limited menu based around the popular chicken and rice dish. There’s also a Chinese-style fried chicken thigh, and Hodo tofu fried in curry batter, each of which is available in a sandwich, over rice with chili jam, or “nested” in a salad. And, all items are $12 and under, making it a welcome addition to a neighborhood filled with families and those in search of a quick, but tasty, meal. Check out the full menu below.

Syhabout is on a roll this year, following the recent debut of Cdp, the cocktail bar adjacent to the chef’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Commis, and launch of Old Kan in the former Linden Brewery. To top it all off, the chef wrote a book with writer James Birdsall, to be released in January 2018.

At opening, Hawking Bird will be BYOB, open for lunch only from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In January, service will extend to seven days a week with lunch, dinner, and booze.