Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wokworks gearing up for Rittenhouse

Fast-casual Asian with a fun side.

Wokworks gearing up for Rittenhouse

Former Pure Tacos at 1935 Chestnut St.
Former Pure Tacos at 1935 Chestnut St. MICHAEL KLEIN /

Rittenhouse will be getting a fast-casual start-up called Wokworks, which its founders describe as a modern Asian food shop: "natural, tasty, and fun."

The idea: Start with a base (noodles, rice, quinoa), choose your “favorites" (pork belly, rock shrimp, asparagus, etc.), add a sauce (wild mushroom umami, coconut curry, etc.), and watch the wok chefs go to it.

Some examples:

  • Quinoa chow (aromatic vegetables and organic egg) with wok-tossed Brussels sprouts and roasted garlic, scallion and oyster sauce
  • Soba nobles (vegetables and organic egg) with Korean short ribs and charred shallot, ginger, lemongrass and Thai basil sauce
  • Udon Noodles (vegetables and organic egg) with thick-cut smoked bacon and orange blossom honey and tamari teriyaki sauce

Consulting on the menu is South Florida-based chef Allen Susser, who won the James Beard Award for best chef, Southeast, in 1994.

See sample menu here.

Designers hope to incorporate a living wall on one side of the dining space, where the cilantro, basil and mint will be grown.

No firm opening date. The family-run company, which wants to take the brand national, is keeping a lid on the exact location.

I hear that it's going into 1935 Chestnut St., which until very recently was the home of Pure Tacos.
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