Wok Boyz is a small Asian street food eatery with a big heart and an even bigger mural of itself (on the Al Durrah Tower wall). Located next to the venerable Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed Road, if you want to be seated, it’s pavement dining only. How this will bode in the summer, God only knows but for now, it’s one of the coolest places to tank up on Asian grub this side of Streetery in JLT.
I like concise menus. Theirs is a one-page, build-a-bear style affair which somehow allows you to mix and match a variety of rice and noodle bases with a number of sauces, vegetables and proteins (as they like to call meat, chicken, etc.). Everything is then mixed together (at the speed of light, I might add) in a fiery wok which, if nothing else, gets one of the most authentic Asian sears on food that I have come across in Dubai. It didn’t really matter that the Pad Thai I ordered for my daughter was nothing like the real thing; it had that delicious sear and that was all that mattered – she ate every last morsel. The spring rolls I got her were very good too. This is street food at its very best.
Service was friendly, accommodating and chop-chop fast. Although this little place on Sheikh Zayed Road offers little in the form of amenities, I liked it because it captures the spirit of street food culture. And it does this in a more natural and believe way than, say, Wokyo in JLT; which while good, always seems to be trying too hard. I’m sure most people order in from Wok Boyz but if you’re in the area, while the weather is still good, I encourage to dine there – it’s so much fun.
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