As luck would have it my all time favourite Wednesday off from work this week involved amazing food. After a superb breakfast at THE BEACH SHED followed by a large walk up Long Reef headland and back I was asked if I would like to review a WOK ON INN venue. Last week WOK ON INN opened a new store in Zetland and the fantastic peeps offered to shout me lunch at any store so I could check it all out, and not one to shy away from food, off I plodded, the plodding part was amazing, caught the ferry from Manly to the city in the sun so I could feast at their Rocks venue and then ferry back.
I did not know much about WOK ON INN – a guy I work with told me how much him and his family love it, a treat out venue for him and his family or if they screw up a meal being cooked or come home late they head out to WOK ON INN, they have kid’s meals for $7.95 and beer for adults haha. Some further investigating went on to impress. The idea of WOK ON INN is to take diners to the hawker-style street food vendors of the eight regions of Asia. Said regions being; Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Mongolian and Korean.
Using ingredients of the highest quality and imitating the renowned ready-to-eat element of street food, Wok on Inn creates delicious and fresh dishes with bold flavours that really hit the taste buds. Believing in the Taoist principles of yin and yang, the street noodle bar bases its menu on the idea that opposite ingredients set in balance ensures harmony at the table and in the body.
Ankur Sehgal, Wok on Inn Managing Director, says, “We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our food, bringing everything back-to-basics and drawing inspiration from how our grandmas made traditional dishes in the 60s and 70s. Our dishes are bursting with flavour; using a blend of sauces and pastes, herbs and spices, combined with the freshest produce to bring out a diverse taste of exotic culture, and Wok on Inn is excited to bring this Asian street vibe to Zetland.”
It is really cool how you can order your meal. Firstly you pick your region, then you pick your noodles (or rice) then your star ingredient. They also have the “Have It Our Way” option with eight dishes to choose from. As I was eating at their expense I asked them to pick for me the best option I would love and also one that would photograph well, they selected one I had my eyes on, UNCLE’S DRUNKEN CHICKEN NOODLES, they also said I could have a side, and recommended the SPICY CHICKEN DUMPLINGS. I thanked them and settled in to wait for my meals while reading the menu and watching the hordes of people that came and went ordering and devouring, from suits to uni students, friends and colleagues. I then thought, “stuff it, it’s my day off I am having a beer” and due to my love of Bali I went to buy a Bintang, they insisted I not pay and I happily obliged with gratitude.
My first dish to arrive was the SPICY CHICKEN DUMPLINGS ($6.95 for 6 or $3.95 for 3): homemade chicken dumplings served in a “deliciously addictive” spicy soy sauce. Dumplings were as fresh and as tasty as both DIN TAI FUNG or NEW SHANGHAI, I loved them, the sauce was tasty, although I am not addicted to it 🙂 To be honest I could have had more spice (that is a personal choice), but I could also live on dumplings and these were superb – the noodle was perfectly cooked and held together like the best dumplings should and then fell apart in my mouth as I inhaled them in next to no time.
Pretty much at the same time as dumplings the amazing main came out – UNCLE’S DRUNKEN CHICKEN NOODLES $12.95 (although they do have lunch specials for $9.95): I chose the chicken but there is also beef and this came with Thai basil and homemade chilli paste slowly stirred with flat rice noodles, young bamboo shoots and egg. As they explain “this dish is great for the hungry or the hungover” hahahaha.
It was just what you would want from an Asian inspired Noodle house, it was very hawker style and had a nice chilli kick. I was worried I would not be able to eat my lunch after the breakfast I had but I truly managed to get through this dish once the palate took over my belly and brain and said FEED ME MORE :). It should be noted, I did not eat until breakfast the following day after this meal.
I will definitely be returning to one of their six venues, although a huge gripe here – WHERE IS THE ONE ON THE NORHERN BEACHES???? I need one closer Ankur!! 🙂 The six venues are at Balmain, Darlinghurst, Rouse Hill, The Rocks, Norwest (Baulkham Hills) and now Zetland. PS: Putting my hand up to manage one if it comes out Northside!!!
The new Zetland restaurant will be the first Wok on Inn to offer a home delivery service, bringing an authentic taste of Asia straight to people’s front doors. With its edgy urban atmosphere, coupled with a selection of Asian beers, Wok on Inn will be serving up a true street style experience. Opening on Tuesday 11th August, Wok on Inn noodle bar is located at 2 Defries Avenue, Zetland and will be open for lunch and dinner (licensed and BYO wine only) from Monday to Wednesday 11:30am – 9:00pm, Thursday to Saturday11:30am – 10:00pm and Sunday 11:30am – 9:30pm.
Have you been to a WOK ON INN? What are your thoughts? If not then you should get there, one of the best chain venues I have been to and who doesn’t like street food styled eating from a fast efficient place that serves fresh and fast deliciousness? I had a ball and will be back – I need to try the Laksa, and Korean BBQ dish! Oh and check out how suspicious that policeman is of me above – he even put arms on hips to get a real eyeballing in haha.
I was an invited guest for this meal and thanks to Magnum PR for organising the opportunity to review WOK ON INN.