Chopsticks displaced forks as utensils because people finally got tired of delicious morsels slipping through the cracks of the fork tines. Simplify mealtimes with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine at City Wok.
City Wok’s sparkling exhibition kitchen grants patrons full view of the prep area, where skilled chefs chop and carve made-to-order Asian menu items. Set taste buds sizzling with salt-and-pepper calamari, dusted with chinese five-spice and draped with serrano chilies and sweet onions ($9.50), or savor intercontinental culinary collision with a chinese burrito stuffed full of shredded vegetables and optional enhancements like chicken, pork, or terra-cotta tiles ($7.95). Dinner favorites shine like Buddha’s jewel-encrusted gold grill, honeying tongues with the sweet-tart temptation of honey-sesame shrimp ($12.95) and enticing appetites with the mongolian beef’s landlocked crunch of crispy rice-noodle beds strewn with tender ribbons of beef, bamboo shoots, and green onions, available in half ($7.50) or whole ($10.95) portions.
Professional chefs prepare every morsel-coating sauce from scratch, without MSG or pixy stix, ensuring each dish reflects the handcrafted touch for which the restaurant is known.
When Stuart Davis opened the first City Wok in North Hollywood in 1990, he had already been honing the restaurant’s concept for three years. He envisioned a stylish, casual restaurant where chefs created fresh, healthy versions of authentic Chinese dishes to order in an open kitchen. The problem? Davis lacked a background in traditional Chinese cooking. Enter Hing Fan Chan, a professional chef trained in Kowloon, China. “It was a 50-50 collaboration,” Davis told Restaurant Hospitality magazine in 2003: Chan brought traditional recipes to City Wok, and worked with Davis to create healthy, MSG-free versions of authentic dishes. Their collaboration paid off: in 2011, City Wok earned _Palm Springs Life_’s award for the area’s Best Chinese Restaurant.
Today, flames surge as chefs tend woks in chrome-lined open kitchens. In the dining room, customers relax as they wait for servers to arrive with dishes such as a spicy kung pao combo or house lo mein. A breakfast menu features creative wok scrambles and moo shoo burritos, bringing Chinese flavors to morning meals without the hassle of stealing a Concorde.
718 W Washington St.
San Diego, California 92103