Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, or, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pan-Asian fare and drinks at any of Wok 'N Fire's four locations, in Wheaton, Elmhurst, Addison, and St. Charles.
Wok 'N Fire transports taste buds to a territory of fresh pan-Asian cuisine, taking cues from the flavors mined in Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, and Japan. The sushi and stir-fry bar serves a lunch and dinner menu packed with flame-kissed and flame-ignored dishes. Traditional maki rolls, such as the rainbow ($14) and california ($7), play the conservative partner to creative rolls, such as the Wok 'N Roll, an eel and shrimp tempura roll topped with caramelized spicy mayonnaise ($11). Tastes of miso-glazed Chilean sea bass ($19.95) and sweet-and-spicy chicken ($8.95 lunch special, $12.95 dinner) flaunt Wok 'N Fire's specialty menu, and noodle dishes arrive wearing vegetables, tofu, chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops, or mayor hats (price depends on add-ins). Tame temperamental tummies with homemade ginger ale ($3.50) or sweeten sated stomachs with decadent desserts, such as flavored mochi, ice cream coated with sweet Japanese rice dough ($5.95).
Décor varies at each Wok 'N Fire, but sophistication and culture inundate each spot. Sleek hardwood floors, dramatic colors, and smooth wooden tables, chairs, booths, and butter churns decorate each location.
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- I'm addicted to the grilled tuna wasabi salad, which is too bad because I like everything else there I've tried so I always have a dileema [sic] when it comes time to order. – e j., Yelp, Elmhurst location, 6/9/07
- It's close and comfy, with dim lighting and a cool interior. – Stefanie P., Yelp, Addison location, 11/17/10
Wok ’n Fire
Wok 'n Fire—named Best Asian Restaurant by West Suburban Living—tantalizes taste buds with a menu bursting with flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. In their specialties, chefs sear seafood, steak, and chicken with complex flavors in the wok. They craft sashimi and specialty maki rolls, as well as twirling together noodle dishes that range from japanese udon to thai curry noodles and the cantonese noodles used in ancient tugs of war between provinces. Ginger ale and flavored lemonades, both crafted in-house, hydrate throats between bites.
Decor varies across the Asian bistro's locations throughout the western suburbs, but all share dramatic lighting, sleek hardwood floors, and smooth wooden seating that all obey one gravitational constant. Sophisticated accents pervade each location, such as dangling lights that recall bells, sinuous golden dragons undulating across a wall, and partitions that mimic an abacus or twined branches.