The Sri Lankan specialty known as hopper is like a rice and coconut crepe.

1601 Bar & Kitchen is the only Sri Lankan culinary destination in the Bay Area, and since opening a few years back, it has earned critical acclaim and a devoted following. The restaurant is owned and run by chef Brian Fernando, with offerings that spotlight the flavors that helped to shape his palate as a child (his father is Sri Lankan). The result of this is a truly personalized cuisine, where time-honored family dishes live alongside more traditional preparations and street-food throwbacks, like the egg hopper. Hoppers are considered a staple of Sri Lankan cuisine and can come in many forms. 1601 Bar & Kitchen specializes in an egg hopper, which is much like a savory crepe with a soft boiled egg in the middle. It’s served with caramelized onions, toasted coconut meat and Sri Lankan spices, and diners are encouraged to eat it like a taco.

The batter is rather simple but, unfortunately, useless without a proper hopper pan. We get ours directly from Sri Lanka, but they are also available online.