Restaurant Review: Wok In, Movenpick Deira

Sarah Hedley Hymers discovers Dubai’s best fried rice in Deira
Thursday , 28 July 2011
Best fried rice in Dubai
Best fried rice in Dubai
Wok In spare ribs
Wok In spare ribs
Mantou Chinese buns
Mantou Chinese buns
Hanoi banana cake
Hanoi banana cake

Wok In
Movenpick Hotel Deira, corner of Abu Baker Al Siddique and Sallahuddin Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 444 0441
Price: $$$

The Wok In is a style-conscious restaurant decked out in red and black with a matching twin bar next door offering attractive happy hours that draw office workers to Deira’s new Movenpick after hours. From there it’s a hop, skip and jump – quite literally – to a Chinese supper.

To start, pungent basil leaves dumplings with steamed seafood (Dhs30) had a real herb kick, which could prove overpowering for some, and the salt and pepper tofu (Dhs32) got a sweet makeover in Wok In’s version of the dish where the lightly fried cubes tasted sugar-crusted and a bit naughty, but nice. Barbecue spare ribs in five spices and honey (Dhs39) wielded meat so soft and succulent that it almost fell off the bone. Portions were huge, and by the time mains arrived appetites were already sated, but we ploughed on.

For mains Singaporean Wok In tiger prawns (Dhs78) came in a mildy tangy chili sauce and a side order of mantou Chinese buns, doughy nuggets steamed and then fried, perfect for dipping in the sauce. But it was the side orders of Wok In fried rice (Dhs26) – easily the best fried rice I’ve tasted in the UAE – that stole the show.

Signature Dishes: Hanoi banana cake with cashew brittle and coconut ice cream (Dhs32) was a tasty finale, but it’s the fried rice that will keep me coming back to this slick Asian eatery.

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