James Syhabout (Commis) Is Opening the Casual Hawker Fare


Commis kitchen Flickr photo by star5112.

While I was in Austin eating my body’s weight in BBQ, Grub Street was busy breaking the news about a new project from chef-owner James Syhabout of Oakland’s Commis. He’s opening a new casual, Southeast Asian street food restaurant called ~HAWKER FARE~ in the former Manyda Thai location, where (charmingly) his mother previously ran a Thai restaurant for seven years.

Everything will be $10 or less, ranging from rice bowls to spicy fried chicken wings and the like, all made with local and organic ingredients. The chef is Justin Yu, who has been at Commis, but has also worked at Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York and Quince. The music will be lively, and the vibe will be casual. There will be 60 seats, and lunch and dinner will be served. It’s about a month out. 2300 Webster St. at 23rd St., Oakland, 510-832-8896.