This week, I popped along to Wok & Go, the latest noodle bar to open in Cardiff city centre on St Mary Street – right next door to rival brand, Wok to Walk!
Upon first impressions, the restaurant was completely spotless and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
As I approached the counter to order my meal, the cashier was more than happy to talk me through the menu and to let me know about the different meal deals on offer. Those of you with children will be pleased to know that kids eat free all day, every day at Wok & Go!
I opted for the regular-sized meal deal, which includes a box of noodles, a side order of either chicken/veg Thai spring rolls or a small tub of authentic Yee Kwan icecream and a soft drink or a bottle of water (£7.90 for regular; small costs £6.95 and large costs £8.60).
The menu is a fusion of various Asian tastes, including Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, and Japanese in the form of noodles, stir fries, curries, soups, vegetarian, and rice meals.
I took a seat at a table while I waited for my food to be prepared fresh in front of me in the open-plan kitchen. It was ready for me to collect from the counter in around five minutes, and I was genuinely impressed by the size of the noodle box; considering I’d only ordered regular, it was huge!
I went for the Pad Thai noodles; an authentic Thai dish of flat rice noodles, wok-tossed in a traditional sauce with chicken, egg and Asian vegetables, topped with crushed roasted peanuts. For my side I chose the chicken Thai spring rolls, which came with a pot of spicy sweet chilli sauce.
My Pad Thai noodles looked and smelt delicious, although I begrudgingly left it a little while before tucking in because as they were freshly cooked, they were still pretty hot and I didn’t want to burn my mouth.
Instead, I tucked in to the Thai chicken spring rolls first. These were quite hot too, but as they were fairly small they cooled down pretty quickly. Crispy and golden brown, the spring rolls were full of tender chicken and beansprouts, cooked with a selection of spices.
When I came to eat my noodles, they’d cooled down a lot but they were still quite hot at the bottom, so I made sure I kept stirring them to help the heat to escape. If you’re planning on taking children to Wok & Go, make sure you keep an eye out for this!
The Pad Thai sauce was aromatic and tasty, but not too overpowering, and the noodles were well-cooked and interspersed with succulent sliced chicken, with a generous topping of crushed roasted peanuts.
However, I was quite disappointed at the amount of veg in my noodles; I managed to find a few pieces of broccoli, finely sliced carrot and mange tout, but that was it. I’m not sure if this is Wok & Go’s usual serving standard or whether I just got unlucky, but it was a shame as the noodles would’ve tasted amazing otherwise!
Wok & Go
92 St Mary Street
(029) 2022 4317
I was invited to Wok & Go as a guest and my food and drink was provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.