Hawker Hall’s new head chef launches special menu

20 June, 2019 by
Hospitality Magazine

Windsor eatery Hawker Hall will launch a limited-edition Indian menu this month.

The special street food menu, ‘Little India’, has been designed by recently appointed head chef Nabila Kadri.

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“My love of street food dates back to my childhood where my friends and I would spend our weekly allowance on food from the surrounding street stalls,” says Kadri. “As a kid I would devour Tandoori Chicken, Onion Pakora and Mumbai Pav Bhaji, and of course I’ve made sure these are all on the Little India menu.”

Kadri’s limited edition menu will feature six traditional dishes including Wagyu beef Seekh kebab with charred shallots and grilled varuval tiger prawns, as well as her childhood favourites: Mumbai pav bahji, onion pakora,  and tandoori chicken and pudina yoghurt. For dessert the menu will feature Gulab Jamun, a cardamom syrup doughnut with rose petal sorbet and toasted almonds. The ‘Little India’ menu will sit alongside Hawker Hall’s current a la cartè menu.

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“Street food to me is honest, comfort food, done well,” says Kadri. “The basics of cooking are tested when honest flavours are put to test.”

Kadri spent her childhood primarily in India and the Middle East, before moving to Australia at 18 and attending Australian College of Hospitality Management.

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After completing her apprenticeship, Kadri started working with Teage Ezard at Gingerboy before moving to Chin Chin where she worked under Ben Cooper. Kadri has also spent time at other Lucas restaurants including Kong and Baby Pizza, as well as Kisumè, where she settled for two years.