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Review: Are Wok n’ Roll in Al Barsha the real wok stars?

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We’ve heard good things about this Barshan wok spot, but how has it cooked up this excellent reputation?

With its bright façade and comical logo, Wok n’ Roll is a venue down an Al Barsha side street that once found, immediately demands attention.

We’re welcomed by a smiling team of waiters and waves from the culinary staff through the kitchen window. Our waiter Ariff introduced us to a bookcase packed with a variety of books, vintage board and table sports games to stave off the hunger gremlins.

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Another nice touch is the wall-mounted digital jukebox, which allows us to select our own soundtrack to the meal. Sticking with the feel of the restaurant, we opt for some classic wok, sorry, rock.

Helpful Ariff guides us through the extensive menu. Wok Boxes (AED 49) are popular with diners – a DIY combo of starch, protein, vegetables and wok sauce. We go for a teriyaki, chicken and noodle combination. The sauce is overly sweet, but the chicken is tender and the vegetables are crisp. The noodles aren’t made fresh in-house, but we can forgive this in the pursuit of fast food.

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We also try a selection of sides. As devotees of the dim sum, we decide to test drive vegetable wonton (AED 25) and butter chicken dumpling (AED 28), which we are delighted to discover are freshly made. The fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine in the butter chicken offering is pleasantly intriguing and the dumplings stand up to the palate without the need for dipping sauce. However the wontons are slightly overpowered by drizzlings of powerful garlic sauce that we would perhaps re-order ‘on-the-side.’

As a sweet ending to our meal, Ariff brings us yummy little date pancakes and two slices of fresh orange to fight against the heat of the wontons that we’re publicly struggling with.

A meal for two is value for money at less than AED 150 (excluding beverages).  While we loved the experience of dining in, it’s worth adding that Wok n’ Roll do also deliver. They’re very popular too – with a peripherally visible stream of drivers picking up orders all night.

Dubai Week dines anonymously unless otherwise stated. Wok n’ Roll, Barsha Business Square, Street 319, Al Barsha 1. 04 395 0881. Sunday-Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-12am. 

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