If you developed a taste for hoppers at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets over the last few months, we have very very good news for you: Lankan Filling Station has finally found a permanent home. The Sri Lankan pop-up from acclaimed Sydney chef O Tama Carey has been taking the edge off your cravings for bowl shaped savoury pancakes each weekend (and at the odd festival). But now you'll be able to head to East Sydney any day of the week from April to get your fix of the lacey-edged, spongy crepe made from two-day fermented rice flour and coconut milk batter.
Now that they're setting up shop indoors, the menu is able to expand to include potato curry, spicy prawn and tamarind curry, black-spiced mutton curry, dhal, and multiple sambals to accompany your egg or plain hopper. Plus they're throwing some lesser known takes on Sri Lankan eats on the menu with crab cutlets and hot butter cuttlefish. On the drinks front you can expect a boozy, spicy ginger beer, coconut water and arrack.
It's been a long time coming so we are extremely pleased that 2018 looks set to be the year of the hopper.
Lankan Filling Station, Ground floor, 58 Riley Street, East Sydney 2010. www.lankanfillingstation.com.au. Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat, Sun 8am-10pm. Opens April 2018.