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The Wok Box

The Wok Box
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Trushka Soni

Food

Be transported to Thailand as you indulge in fresh, fragrant and steaming hot dishes which promise to satisfy any craving. Explore the unique Wok Box beach salad: a combination of chicken, prawn and calamari, coated with house-made chilli jam and served on a layer of crispy spinach. If you are all about the crunch, try the vegetable tempura salad.

The steaming hot soups are perfect for a cold day or a casual lunch; choose from the traditional tom yum or opt for a noodle based, roasted garlic and Asian veg combination.

The generously portioned mains are a must - choose from crispy chilli chicken infused with sun dried chillies and palm sugar or the deep fried salt and pepper calamari rings. For the more adventurous palate, try the roasted WB duck layered with a thin pancake and smothered in a honey, ginger and sesame sauce. It is beautifully cooked, with a crispy outer shell and tender on the inside; however, the sauce can be overpowering. The Wok fries are a sure way to get your taste buds going- choose from a variety of combinations (like the roasted garlic and black bean or sweet basil and chilli) or request your own. Add beef, chicken, pork or prawn to complete your dish. All mains are served with steamed jasmine rice or tossed with egg noodles. The fried rice is both flavoursome and wholesome. Add it to your main or enjoy on its own - both equally good.

Finish off your Thai adventure with the delicious homemade ice-cream or chocolate Nutella spring rolls served with coconut custard.

Drinks

They have an extensive wine list, reasonably priced per glass, but you can also enjoy soft drinks.

Service

Waiters are friendly and helpful; however, they could have been more aware of seating guests on arrival. The food is speedily served - from the wok onto your plate in under 15 minutes.

Ambience

The Wok Box sports a charming rustic elegance, with wooden and beautiful jar lights suspended from the ceiling; there is definitely a lovely attention to detail. Traditional Thai bamboo steamers and hand woven serving baskets adorn the walls of the restaurant. The crockery have a homely touch with traditional prints. The tables and chairs have a more modern touch. The atmosphere is inviting and relaxing, perfect for a casual date night or a family dinner.

And…

The menu accommodates all preferences - each dish has the option of either veg, chicken, beef or pork. Food specials are also available. Don’t forget to try the homemade ice-cream!

(September 2016)

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  • Tracy Gielink

    Food
    Owners Sean and Premjit Beatt are seasoned restaurateurs with an intricate knowledge of Thai food. Their accessible menu has broad appeal, with dishes faultlessly prepared by Thai chefs.

    Start proceedings with crispy salt-and-pepper calamari with homemade chilli jam, a tom yum soup, or waterfall salad (choose beef or chicken) with sundried chilli, mint and roasted jasmine rice with lime and coriander dressing.

    Noodles (egg or Thai fried) and fried rice (egg or spicy) are obvious menu inclusions, but it’s worth contemplating wok-fried chicken, beef, pork, prawn or veg with various additions like roasted garlic and black bean or spicy peanut and coconut. Of the curries, the massaman rewards with its fragrant spicing and delicate heat.

    Understandably, one of the most popular dishes is the roasted half duck with honey, ginger and sesame sauce, partnered with steamed rice. A foray into dessert territory rewards with crispy Nutella spring rolls accompanied by coconut custard.

    Drinks
    Their assortment of local wines covers a good price spectrum. Thai and craft beers are also available.

    Service
    The small and friendly team, often overseen by the owners, covers the floor adeptly. Amid the efficiency there’s still time for a genuine smile, and food quality remains high.

    Ambience
    The compact restaurant has been cleverly conceptualised and uses banquette seating to maximise on space. There’s a wooden deck lined with elevated chairs for counter-style dining. Angular lines, slate-hued walls with wooden cladding, metal accents and glass jar light fittings combine to create an unfussy, contemporary space.

    And…
    There are always interesting specials – be sure to ask!

    (July 2015)

  • Tracy Gielink

    Locals are clamouring for a table at this funky eatery, which produces outstanding Thai food. Sean and Premjit Beatt developed the Bangkok Wok restaurant chain but have now created an intimate, vibey space with raw wooden finishes. Main courses at The Wok Box are divided into curries, noodles, wok fries, fried rice and signature dishes, but astute diners check out the specials board before committing to a meal. Try the half-roasted crispy duck topped with honey, ginger and sesame sauce; salt-and-pepper calamari with homemade chilli jam; or prawns with garlic and pepper. If floundering in indecision, consult one of the knowledgeable, attentive waiters or hands-on owners. (April 2014)

User reviews

  • What a fantastic lunch time experience at the quaint Thai restaurant tucked away in the hub of Durban North. The food is absolutely delicious and complimented with outstanding service.
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