You intend to grab a quick bite at the Food Opera food court located at Ion Orchard, but it is crowded and you have to jostle with the other patrons to secure a eating space for two. One other option is to eat at one of those mini-restaurants located within Food Opera which have reserved seating areas for their respective patrons. Is it worthwhile to pay more for the meal and have some private space for lunch? Today, we find out during lunchtime at Ah Wok’s Restaurant.
As you can see from our photo, the atmosphere inside the enclosed dining area and outside is like night and day. Here, there is hardly anyone, the tables are far apart and there are even waitresses. Ah Wok operates like a tze char restaurant. There is a large selection of dishes on the menu, with an emphasis on seafood. We ordered two types of noodles – bee hoon with sliced fish and hokkien mee with mussels ($6.90 each).
First impressions were not good, both seemed like just piles of noodles. The ingredients were indeed few and far between. There were a few pieces of fried fish (which had bones in them) in the bee hoon and some mussels buried in the hokkien mee. But to be fair, we must say that the noodles were both very well fried. The high heat used in the frying was obvious in the taste of ‘wok hei’ which made the simple dishes quite tasty. Was it worth it to pay $6.90 for noodles compared to the usual noodles ($5 on average) at the regular stalls? We believe it depends on the circumstances, if you are dining alone and can easily rough it out at the common area, then no. But if you would like to engage in some conversation or simply do not feel like jostling with the crowd, then we believe it is a reasonable premium to pay for some tranquility in the sea of chaos.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs
Ah Wok Restaurant @ Ion Orchard
#B4-03/04 Ion Orchard 2 Orchard Turn
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Nearby Stations: Orchard