When visiting the Wok Bar in Alona patrons should concentrate on the last word in the branding, not so much the first.
First and foremost this establishment is a bar with food coming second place in it’s offering. The restaurant/bar offers a pleasant alfresco environment with attentive well trained staff and good value for money drinks. The food can be best described as a confused amalgam of cultures without a real focus on the ‘wok’ branding. During our visits (we dined 4 times) we tried a number of dishes none of which stood out as a real ‘go to dish’.
As often happens in the Philippines the cooks seem to neglect the key of cooking to ‘taste everything before it goes out’ this was truly evident with many of the dishes at the wok bar lacking any type of balance with some dishes way too salty and others way too sweet.
The key to Wok cooking is fast super heat with a balance of sweet, spicy, salty and bitter. This wasn’t evident in the Asian dishes and the European dishes were let down by poor textural components, indescribable sauces and unattractive plating.
The Wok Bar is very much a ‘what you see is what you get’ affair. It’s not really a place where food is the single focus. It’s a place to go for a drink before or after a night out and maybe a place to go to fill up after a heavy night’s drinking.