The Wok House

A homely little pan-Asian spot adds life to BurJuman
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It’s almost unfair that some parts of town get all the good neighbourhood spots while others count themselves lucky if they can get a mediocre takeaway curry. Bur Dubai is one of those hoods that isn’t wanting for charming independent eateries, so when another one opens up in what is proudly my part of town I feel a little guilty. What? More reasonably priced, homely places to find a meal two blocks from my house? I certainly hope our readers in Mirdif and JBR won’t think I’m rubbing it in when I reveal that, yes, we’ve been bestowed with another sweet spot in the form of The Wok House.

The pan-Asian eatery is one of those spots that calls you in from the street. Dragging my sweaty self near BurJuman for a bite, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the cheery, brightly lit restaurant. Once I entered, the crackling sound and accompanying smell of sizzling shrimp platters made it an irresistible spot for a leisurely dinner. Granted, the food isn’t particularly inventive – rather it’s a greatest hits of Asian fare, with pad thai and Peking duck taking up the same menu space. But, originality aside, the restaurant does what it does well. An order of vegetarian spring rolls were perfectly brittle without being overly greasy, and were filled with a range of produce, rather than just what’s cheapest. Meanwhile, a fish cakes starter was plump and juicy.

Mains were equally predictable yet just as satisfying. An order of pad thai brought nothing unexpected to the table. A sizzling platter of prawns, dusted with a light, toasty layer of cumin, drew hungry stares from onlookers at nearby tables. Desserts departed from the Asian theme, which didn’t bother me or my date, who happily and greedily split a fried ice cream. It doesn’t matter if The Wok House isn’t the most original venue in town, because it’s cheery. The staff are sweet and helpful, the decor bright and plush with whites and warm crimsons and the food is the kind of reliable, inexpensive fare that makes for a neighbourhood winner.

The bill (for two)
1x Large water Dhs8
1x Vegetable spring rolls Dhs18
1x Fish cakes Dhs29
1x Sizzling prawns Dhs45
1x Pad thai Dhs28
1x Fried ice cream Dhs18
Service Dhs14.60
Total Dhs160.60

By Daisy Carrington  | 13 Jul 2009

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