Hopper Kadé is a hawker-style Sri Lankan eatery that initially found its feet on the market circuit before landing a permanent premises in Darlinghurst. But in 2019, Hopper Kadé was chosen as one of the 12 venues to open Darling Square's upmarket food hall, Maker’s Dozen.
For owners Ruvenie De Zoysa and Chris Goffin, it was an offer too good to refuse. So they moved out of their old location to focus exclusively on the new spot.
The menu is divided into sections: kadé bowls (rice bowls), hopper boxes (hoppers are cup-shaped rice-flour crepes), curries (such as the twice-marinated and slow-cooked chicken Colombo curry, and the split-pea and potato dal with coconut curry sauce and mustard seeds) and stuffed roti. The stuffed roti is as exciting as it sounds: flaky, buttery roti envelops fragrant rice, a house slaw, sambol (a coconut-chilli condiment), pickle and the choice of chicken, beef or veg curry. The parcel is nicely priced at $12.
You can opt for an egg to be cracked into your hopper (string hoppers are available too), which is made using a not-so-traditional sourdough batter, or just go with the curries and sambol.