HWKR is a rotating kitchen concept launching in February. It hopes to bring the late-night dining of South East Asia’s hawker markets to A’Beckett Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Developed by ICD Property, HWKR will occupy the ground floor of the company’s Eq. Tower.

“We love how hawker-style markets work across South East Asia and we really wanted to bring a little bit of that back to Melbourne,” says ICD’s development manager, Simone Gervasi.

The space will feature four permanent kitchens where new vendors will set up shop every three months. MasterChef winner Diana Chan is the first guest chef to be announced. Diners will be given the opportunity to taste Chan’s family recipes.

“I want to serve a variety of traditional dishes that are inspired by my upbringing in Malaysia, and combining these flavours with modern fusion touches to create delicious, every day hawker food,” says Chan.

For the fit-out, Craig Tan Architects are looking to give a modern twist to South East Asia’s bustling and eclectic hawker markets.

Space will be maximised with quirky seating options, including a cascading stacked staircase that will provide a view as much as it will a seat. Neon LED emoji-themed lighting will be juxtaposed with fresh timber.

Although it’s a far cry from Asia’s street markets, an upcoming app will allow customers to access and order from HWKR’s full menu – no cash or card required. Of course, if technology isn’t your thing, you’re more than welcome to flip through a menu at your own pace and order from your table.

Also sharing the space is ManyMore café, which will donate 100 per cent of its profits to food initiatives and community-based charities including YGAP and YMCA.

Eq. Tower, 137 A'Beckett St, Melbourne

Sun to Wed 7am–11pm
Thurs to Sat 7am–1am


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