Woky Ko - Bristol
You might have to queue to get a pew, but the wait will definitely be worth it. Woky Ko, located in the CARGO units (a concept made entirely of converted shipping containers) in Wapping Wharf, is a casual Asian diner, roughly the size and capacity of a modest open-kitchen dining room, but nothing was going to stop us from squeezing in there last Sunday! Open since last October, Woky Ko joins an exciting compendium of independent retailers who have set up home in this fun and vibrant harbour-side quarter of Bristol.
Woky Ko is the brainchild of former MasterChef 2013 finalist Larkin Cen. Bristol-based chef, Cen, has created a tantalisingly tasty menu showcasing modern twists and unusual food/flavour combinations on familiar Asian classics. Everything served here is cooked fresh to order using carefully sourced ingredients and no added MSG. With the option of dining over lunch or dinner, and even grabbing a takeaway if you're in a hurry, you can feast to your heart's content at Woky Ko.
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Right then, it's time to tantalise your tastebuds, so let's check out the menu...
Whilst narrowing down our options (the trouble with a menu as delicious as this, you want to sample it all!) we ordered our drinks, all of which are smartly displayed in this space-saving built-in shelving unit.
All dishes arrive as and when they are ready to leave the pass, so you may have one plate arrive to your table swiftly followed by two or three more. So sit back, relax and go with the flow.
We began with a 'Crispy Duck, Peking Sauce, Leeks and Cucumber' steamed bao bun (£4.25) to share.
The softest, fluffiest pillow filled to the brim with crunchy cold cucumber, finely chopped sweet leeks, heavenly crispy duck, laced in a rich, sticky peking sauce. Pure JOY!
Next arrived 'Salt and Pepper Squid, Lemon Aioli' (£5.95). The squid was beautifully cooked but we felt chef had got just a little heavy handed with the salt.
The '"Chicken or the Egg" Fried Rice, Chicken, Sweetcorn and Grated Salt Cured Duck Egg Yolk' (£7.95) with its Instagram-worthy presentation and Asian flavours, was a delicious dish we both thoroughly enjoyed.
And lastly, the 'Ox Cheek, Daikon and Bulgogi' (£4.25). Our second steamed milk bun was just as divine. The ox cheek must have been cooked long and slow because it was very tender and the crunchy daikon added a great textural contrast to the dish.
Our verdict then? The food is heaven, the service is great, the prices very reasonable and the location is trendy and exciting.
So be sure to visit this fantastic food and drinks quarter in Bristol if you haven't already, and let me know what dishes at Woky Ko tickle your fancy!
Find out more about Woky Ko here, and remember they don't operate a reservations system - so just pop in and marvel as the 'wokstars' work their magic!