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It has to be said right from the start that the service at Wok is very impressive. First off, our waitress has the answer to every question and even suggests great options based on our preferences (which she picked up on through our conversation). We’re also asked throughout the meal whether we need pauses in between courses – a professional touch in our books.

But the thing that really catches our attention is when a vocally talented waitress starts serenading a couple next to us with the love song of their choice, as a delicious looking chocolate cake is served and placed on the table which is prettily strewn with white and red rose petals.

Now that’s something we’ve not seen before in Bahrain. Or anywhere else for that matter.

With service this good, we expect the food to be just as astounding and we aren’t disappointed. At the beginning of the meal, we’re served a simple pre-appetiser platter of peanuts, a prawn cracker and vinegary cucumber salad, and already we are hooked.

This is followed by our freshly made shrimp cakes flavoured with lemongrass and dipped in plum sauce. At the same time bamboo baskets are served with two varieties of steamed dim sum, our favourite of which has to be the surprising scallop and shiitake mix (when a chef can properly handle scallops then we know we’re in good hands).

For our mains, we had gone for two noodle dishes – one from Thailand and one from Vietnam – and although our stomachs are rapidly filling up, once they’re served we are drawn in by the complex aromas. The Mien Xao, vermicelli noodles with crab and XO sauce, in particular, has such a range of distinct flavours that the entire dish is incredibly hard to stop eating even when we’re bursting. Meanwhile, the seafood pad Thai we chose, which comes beautifully served and parcelled, is mouthwatering particularly after a squeeze of lime (which our waitress also recommended we do). The only downside of this dish, on this occasion, is that some of the seafood is unfortunately overcooked.

When visiting Wok there’s one major question you have to ask yourself: Is it worth the drive? Our answer is unequivocally yes. For the authentic décor, the lovely indoor and outdoor dining areas, the impeccable service, delicious food and great presentation, romantic ambience, and the reasonable prices. It might not be a party spot but we wouldn’t want it to be. It whispers ‘sophisticated evening out’ and that’s just the way we like it.

The bill (for two)
1x large Evian BD2.7
1x Tod Man Koong BD5.4
1x king prawn dim sum BD4.8
1x Scallop dim sum BD4.8
1x Mien Xao BD8.5
1x Pad Thai BD7.5
Government levy 5%
Total BD35.381

By Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Bahrain,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Others, Manama
  • Tel: 1763 6363
  • Travel: 105 Zallaq Highway
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  • Cuisine: South East Asian
  • Times: Open daily Sun-Thu 7pm-11pm
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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