Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Best Things in Ode to Fire Wok Tbilisi

Price: $
Quality: ****
Portion size: *****
Atmosphere: ** (it's a takeout place, come on)


They say the best things in life are free. Well, Fire Wok isn't free, but it's pretty darn close.

Fire Wok is my favorite place to eat lunch in Tbilisi. Well, actually, it's my favorite linner (lunch + dinner, come on, you know this). 
The portion size is absolutely enormous, definitely enough for two meals. I often would go to get a box around 3pm, just when the office started to feel the sleepiest, stuffiest, stickiest...and go sit on a bench to eat half of it, then I could finish the box around 7 for dinner!

So I should describe it, yeah? Fire wok is basically a build-your-own stir fry bar. You choose rice or delicious homemade noodles, what kind of meat you want, vegetables, and the type of sauce. A little multilingual Georgian girl takes your order in Georgian or Russian, puts it all in a little bowl, and hands it to chef (who speaks only Chinese and English), telling him in English what kind of sauce the customer wants. He dumps it all into a giant, flaming hot wok, and stirs quickly and consistently until it's done. Then it goes into a stiff paper takeaway box, and you get your food! All this bounty, what is easily two meals, costs how much? About $4. Yes. You read that right. FOUR DOLLARS.

It's a tiny storefront surrounded by clothing and used electronic stores. The only seating is a bar with 3 or 4 stools, and if more than 2 people come inside to order it gets hard to move. 
This place is incredible, and I just wanted to give it some credit. Two thumbs up, Fire Wok, five stars.

here is the king of noodles, O.G. of Tbilisi stir fry- chef

someone else's Fire Wok    :(

Fire Wok Tbilisi
20 Shalva Dadiani St. (near Freedom Square) 
16 Paliashvili St., Vake
Mon-Sat 12-9 pm

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