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Published May 2nd 2016
Experiential Food Court dining
Sometimes a rainy weekend calls for extra effort to put on clothes, step outside the door and discover what new foodie adventures Sydney has to offer. This was my dilemma last weekend when stormy skies attempted to dampen my enthusiasm for sampling Westfield's latest food court craze – 'Hawker Lane'. This 'little Asia' inspired laneway is designed within an inch of its life but is effective in transporting you away from the fluorescent lights of today's latest sales, into an immersive foodie haven almost drowning in its own kitsch.
Forgetting the commercialism of it all, Hawker Lane is a bustling mecca for dumplings, skewers, deep-fried Taiwanese squid (yep), sushi and hot pot. The formidable China Chilli is leading the way with its 12 dish menu mainly under $10. The hot and spicy tofu pudding is delectable, especially for lovers of the sweet numbing nectar that is Sichuan pepper.
Lamb & Cumin is exactly that (although you can get tofu and chicken). Their lamb skewers (5 skewers for $8) are sweet, spicy and juicy and the smell of barbecuing lamb is like inhaling pure oxygen, almost invigorating if it wasn't for the drooling.
After my initial cynicism about this shopping centre-styled Hawker Lane, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the variety, quality and the price of my dishes. Don't be deterred by the busy times, it actually did not take long to find a seat, sit back and enjoy this creative and flavoursome space.
On this dreary Sydney day, I almost skipped out, buoyant in the delight of finding a new addition to my favourites list.
Highlights: Spicy Tofu from China Chilli and Lamb Skewers from Lamb & Cumin