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“Best restaurant in Darwin”

The Magic Wok Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 362 Restaurants in Darwin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
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“Best restaurant in Darwin”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is without a doubt my favourite restaurant in Darwin. The premise is simple, get a tray on one side fill it with as many vegetables as you want and on the other side as many and as much meat as you want and then choice or sauce or two and watch the cooks wok fry it up right in front of you. The price is based on the weight of your choices. The food is fresh and beautiful and there well over 15 vegetables and meats to choose from including the exotic such as emu, buffalo and crocodile. My record is 11 different meats and over 500g of food. Topped off with their fried rice it is a fantastic cheap meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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435 reviews
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“Great variety”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Love this place as you choose ur meats and veg and pass it through a window and it's cooked in front of you in 5mins. Get to taste different meats , kangaroo, crocodile, buffalo , camel, beef, pork, chicken, deer, duck , great experience

  • Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good for a try...but that's about it.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I would agree that the idea is novel. But at $22.50 per 300 gm serve, that's one pricy noodle dish. 350 gm is not nearly enough for a meal and you'd probably end up spending more. To add value to this experience there needs to be some sort of service. To plate your own food, wait about 10 mins in line to get it cooked, and bring the food back to the table yourself, plus go up to the bar to get your own drinks, it just isn't worth it. The sides that can be ordered separately are on the pricier side as well. Maybe have a system where the customer gets what they need from the buffet and leave it at the kitchen or a wait staff and go back to their table instead of waiting in line. One of us spent $34 on their dish. Granted that it was more in quantity than the allowed 350 gm, but another $5 and we could be at another good restaurant for an all you can eat buffet with much better choice and service.

The food tasted great. But how much of that can the chef take credit for? Because you pick your veges, meats, type of noodles and even the sauces you like. So you pretty much create your own dish and can't blame the chef if it ends up tasting bad.

There was a great selection of meats including emu, horse, deer and camel - all cut in stir fry strips. When it's all stir fried together, who can tell the difference? So if you're someone like me that likes to try new stuff, I wouldn't pick this place to try it.

The ladies attending to the guests on the night were very pleasant and there were no issues with customer service.

Trim down the price or include more of a service aspect and this place would be worth a few more visits. The way it's at now, I don't see myself going back.

  • Visited July 2014
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Darwin, Australia
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“A Great Experience for both Food & Service”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We were a group of 7 who 'returned' to this establishment after many years. We were very warmly greeted and made to feel very comfortable. Drinks arrived and, from my point of view, the beers were very cold! When ready, patrons are advised on what to do to have their meal of choice. Mine was light on the veggies and high on the protein; plenty of meat and seafood. Staff made sure I opted for the complimentary noodles and I chose Black Pepper as my sauce. The menu allows for each person to have 300 grams for $22 and anything over that weight, you pay extra for. Scales are provided and the chefs do the final weigh in and return your cooked meal with a slip telling you what you need to pay when you're ready to leave. Meals were great and some of us followed with a lovely desert. Try the cheese cake or toffee bananas!
We'll be back.

  • Visited July 2014
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32 reviews
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“Novel idea that doesn't quite work”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

The Magic wok is an interesting idea, you select from an extensive range of vegetables, meats and sauces which are then cooked by the chief. However in the absence of any suggestions for combination of the exotic meats (horse, camel, emu, duck, kangaroo and turkey) both my husbands meal and mine ended up being fairly ordinary. It was also expensive at $34 for a wok plate.

Visited July 2014
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