It gives me great pleasure to write about one of my favourite chefs, Chef Rakesh Talwar and his new venture Wok This Way! Chef Talwar’s personality translates into everything he lays his hands on. Be it The Spare Kitchen or The Curry Leaf… his creativity, passion for food and the eye for perfection and taste screams out of everything he does. I’d also like to congratulate him and his team for winning The Times Food – Best Modern Indian Award for The Spare Kitchen in the Noteworthy Newcomer category. Kudos Chef! Joash and I were very glad to be the first few invited to Wok This Way. Located in Versova, this eatery opened its doors in the month of January. As a concept, it is not exactly new and we do have a couple of eateries around the city that serve “southeast asian” fare but most of them are more or less a mixed bag of the usual run-of-the-mill sauces. So when we stepped into Wok This Way we were really relieved to see the variety of dishes that were served there. Their menu being diverse and authentic is creatively fresh, fun and interesting. In addition to soups, salads, starters, mains and desserts… they’ve got yummy curries, combos and an option to Make Your Own Wok. The décor is simple yet modern. What welcomes you is the bright and colorful display of the menu and a neat looking counter.Chef took us to the kitchen to show how he had combined modern techniques and equipment to make the lives of the “real men at work” easier. Chef Talwar has taken so much care to make his kitchen a very happy place for people working there and also to the neighbors around. Imagine ACs in the kitchen and a high-tech filtration system that ensuredthe cooking fumes were “cleaned” before it left the kitchen. Impressive! It was time for us to taste his creations! With Chef Talwar, there’s always something new to look forward to. He always makes me go “Whoa! How did he do that?!”. Knowing him, we just let him choose the best he had to offer, so here’s what we enjoyed –
I had a big smile on my face when the dish arrived, it was in a vibrant blue Chinese takeaway box with chopsticks. I will talk about the packing in a bit. These perfect Japanese dumplings filled with chicken also known as pot stickers were absolutely gorgeous. Pan Fried. Lightly crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, just melted our hearts. It came with two dipping sauces, totally amazing. We enjoyed every bit of it.
Noodles with Wok Roasted Lamb in Chef’s All In One Sauce
I opened the box of noodles and the aroma just took me back to being in Malaysia. The noodles looked great, it was garnished with Thai Basil leaves. It was cooked so well, the Wok roasted lamb was succulent and flavorful and boy the sauce was just mind-blowing. I am still trying to make my rendition of this dish! Chef, someday I shall get it right 😀 I was very happy with the portion and every bite was just yummy.
Burnt Garlic Ginger Rice with Pan Tossed Chicken
Garnished with freshly cut spring onions… the rice was beautifully cooked. The portion of meat was good and the Burnt Garlic Ginger sauce in the rice was robust and delicious. I totally recommend this to all those who love rice. The best part is when you choose the option to make your own Wok, the veggies and the garnish are unlimited so you can have fun with an array of flavors and can add textures to your dish. One of the items from the “Finishing Touches” menu-step caught our eye and it was the first thing I asked Chef about. It was Chef’s Spicy Dusting! I say this and I am not kidding, this was the best thing that I have ever sprinkled over our food and I recommend this to all who dine at this place. This magic dust will knock your socks off. It just took the rice and noodles to a whole new level. It not only enhanced the taste of the dish but made it lip-smackingly good. We left with packs of this special spicy dusting and have been using it at restaurants and in our meals at home all the time. It’s found two diehard fans who swear by it’s epicness. The great news is that it can be bought off the counter and I urge all of you to try a pack. We truly enjoyed our meal at Wok This Way and absolutely loved Chef Talwar’s company. One can never be disappointed with the service at this place as it has Chef’s warmth and care that comes out through his polite staff. The packaging is vibrant and fun, perfect for a fun party. The flap on the box turns into a coupon and when you collect 7 coupons, you get your next box absolutely free!
If you want to try some authentic Penang curry, Mee/Nasi Goreng and Chaufan Fried Rice with Dumpling – you have got to try Wok This Way. We totally recommend the Oyster Fried Rice with Breaded Chicken Escalope, it also has the mighty Sriracha Three Pepper Cottage Cheese for all who like to turn up the heat a notch or two.And, if you dare, Make Your Own Wok! Try the Mango with Sticky Rice Dessert. It’s out of the world. We would like to wish Chef and Wok This Way all the very best. P.S We also heard that Bandra will have it’s own Wok This Way soon!