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Noodles at peanuts...

Want to step out with your family for a bite without digging a hole into your pocket? Drive straight to Wok `N" Noodle Bar in South Delhi's Greater Kailash-II market. SUMITRA SENAPATY has a feast with chopsticks and more... .


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DOING ITS bit to liven up the busy stretch of restaurants in the Greater Kailash-II market in South Delhi is newcomer Wok `N' Noodle Bar. It has been attracting a steady flock of hungry diners to its Oriental dishes -- mainly noodles and deep-fried starters at friendly prices. Inside, it looks the part of an upper-end, fine dining restaurant yet most of its dishes are about Rs. 150. Not that we're complaining. This well-decorated eatery focuses on giving you an above-average experience at below-average prices, creating an eclectic and intriguing ambience that makes you want to linger. Where other restaurants might trade mass appeal for exclusivity, Wok's mantra is "the more the merrier", hence the attractively low prices. You certainly won't bust your wallet dining here. Hot starters like the Chicken Dumpling cost Rs.150 and each serving is enough for two people.

The deep-fried starters are good -- though after a while -- they start to taste similar. A must-try is the Stir Fried Chicken wrapped in crunchy lettuce for Rs.150. Just as tasty are the Yang Chicken balls for Rs.150. Seasoned onion, carrots and ginger chicken balls, deep-fried, the dish is an interesting start to the meal. Noodles at the Noodle Bar offer a wide range of application -- they can float in a flavourful broth with vegetables or turn crispy in a wok before they are paired with seasonings and one or more of the eight sauces on offer. Slurped or twirled, noodles are quickly becoming popular one-dish meals at the bar. One can choose from lamb, chicken, fish and also from a whole array of typical Chinese and English vegetables.

An unlimited amount of buffet servings, a soup and a dessert for Rs. 330 seems more than just decent. And since there is a showcase kitchen, one can see that what is being cooked is fresh and interesting. In fact all vegetables are changed every six hours to ensure crispness and best of taste. Whether the seasonings reflect Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or Japanese, the results can be palate popping. Stir-fries may get a splash of soya sauce but inevitably they include garlic and perhaps ginger or onion. Sauces actually make a dish show off their versatility. A Thai stir-fry may involve red-hot chillies, curry paste or coconut milk. Lemongrass and fish sauce could be among the ingredients of a Vietnamese version.

The Bar is shortly planning a festival with different sauces from four different cuisines each week. But have we abandoned high fat foods? Yes and no. High-fat comfort foods are popular as ever and meat has made a comeback. But consumers still want the healthy option, which may explain in part why stir-fry Asian food is popular -- they can be healthy but at the same time not take away from the flavour factor.

Run by two brothers Manav and Gagan Deep Singh, the Wok `N' Noodle Bar is most sought after for its eat-all-you-want concept. Should you visit on a Sunday check out their brunch for Rs. 350 plus taxes - unlimited dim sums and endless beer is the way to go! Apart from the Noodle Bar, the restaurant also has a bar serving soft and hard drinks. Its intimate ambience makes it perfect for a hearty meal. A place where one would definitely want to return after a first visit. The Noodle Bar has recently expanded on its mission of dishing out great stir-fry food, by opening a 65-seater at Regent Square, Gurgaon. It is also known as the Wok `N' Noodle Bar, so `Wok' is in for an interesting meal at either of the Bars.

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