Wok Rite Inn Noodle & Snack Bar, 5 Ferguson Street, Williamstown. Phone: 9397 4077
Wok Rite Inn has been recommended to us more than once by a regular reader whose opinions we respect very much.
The vibe, we have been told, is one of a neighbourhood noodle shop with a bit more going on than in your average such establishment.
Over two visits, we discover that’s a fair assessment.
The staff seem to be many and are obliging.
There’s basic seating both inside and out.
The menu ranges widely through Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes – something that’s not always a good sign, of course.
The food we are served is adequate in an average sort of way.
If we were any of the locals we see coming and going, we’d be regulars who know exactly which of the many menu boxes get our ticks.
Beef rendang with rice ($14.50) is rather good.
It’s on the sweet side and (unsurprisingly) mildly spiced, but there’s a heap of good, well-cooked beef.
And the generous flourish of snow peas and broccoli is appreciated.
The basic curry laksa ($13.5) appears to be not made from scratch – but I’m OK with that.
I’ve had worse at supposedly specialist Malaysian places in the west.
I like the tofu and vegetable components.
But the main protein hit comes from far too much roast pork of a thick and rather rubbery variety.
There’s plenty of that pork in the kwai teow ($13.50), too, though not so much as to deliver imbalance.
Bennie likes it even if he fails to finish it off – the serves here, it must be said, are of a very generous nature.
I’m told the beef curry puffs are made in-house but that my vegetable rendition is not.
I’m fine with that, too.
I suspect that’s the case with the likes of curry puff and samosas at more places across the west than most of us might suspect – especially at the lower end of the price spectrum.
What I am not fine with is the fact my fried parcel is stone cold in the middle.
A perfectly cooked replacement, brought with an apologetic smile, tastes just right.
Check out the Wok Rite Inn website here.
I wonder if they’re related to the pleasingly average Wok This Way in South Melbourne?
Don’t start with the eatery name puns – it’ll never end! “Pleasingly average” is a good way to describe these sorts of places, I reckon – they have their place.