Woki Organic Market

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WANT: Fast, fresh, high quality wok

Occasion: On-the-go or casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner (but I suggest just getting a wok “para llevar“)

Prices: Reasonable (around €12 for a wok – same price range as poorer quality Wok to Walk)

Wok delivery:  call 93 315 27 95

Four locations: A full restaurant and supermarket in L’Eixample, as well as a take away restaurant and supermarket in the GràciaBarceloneta, and Born areas.

1) L’Eixample full restaurant and supermarket

Neighborhood: L’Eixample

Address: Ronda Universitat, 20, 08007

Phone: 93 302 52 06

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am – 12am, Fri-Sat: 8am – 1pm, Sun: 12pm – 12am

Menu:

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2) Gràcia take away restaurant and supermarket

Neighborhood: Gracia

Location: Carrer Astúries 22, 08012 Barcelona

Phone: 93 292 03 99

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am – 11pm

3) Barceloneta take away restaurant and supermarket

Neighborhood: Barceloneta

Location: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 1, 08003 Barcelona

Phone: 93 173 98 42

Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm – 10pm

4) Born take away restaurant and supermarket

Neighborhood: Born

Address: Passeig de Sant Joan, 110, 08037 Barcelona

Hours: 9am-9pm (the website does not specify days of operation or a phone number for this location currently)

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I would not consider Woki Organic Market one of the best restaurants in the city, however it deserves to be on this blog because it offers the best wok in Barcelona. I go to the L’Eixample location, which is about a minute walk from Plaça Catalunya, around twice a week to pick up one these delicious bowls. I heard about the place through a friend who lived in Barcelona last year and it’s exactly what I was looking for: a convenient place to get on-the-go healthy meals. The bright, welcoming restaurant also doubles as an organic market in the front – full of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, eggs, honey, chocolates, and cereals to name a few. There’s ample seating throughout the entire space, but if you are eating there I suggest eating either in the front section near the window or the middle section, because the back part often gets crowded. The service is slow and disorganized, and it’s often hard to even tell who your waiter is. Most of the food that I’ve tried there is good but not amazing, except for the wok of course. This is why I recommend ordering a wok to-go at the front counter instead of eating there.

02_takeaway_engAlthough the waiter service is slow, the woks are made in front of you in a mere few minutes. The staff also deduct a few euros from the total when you get take-out, or “para llevar” as you should say in Spanish, instead of eating at the restaurant. The take-out woks come in an adorable oyster pail which provide the comforting sense of eating Chinese food – but much healthier. You can choose from a variety of bases (rice noodles, egg noodles, white ride, brown rice, or mixed vegetables), ingredients (chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, spinach, broccoli, beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, baby corn, mushrooms, pineapple, and bamboo), and sauces (“Thai” – coconut milk/red curry, “China” – sweet and sour sauce, “Casa” – house secret, “Malaya” – coconut milk/green curry, “Spicy” – hot sauce, “Ho sin” – soy sauce, and “Japo” – teriyaki sauce). A few tips are that the beef is not steak strips but rather ground beef, the beans are slices of green beans not bean sprouts, and the red curry sauce lacks in flavor and I thus suggest the green curry over it for a curry. You should also be careful about the toppings you add to the wok because each of them are around an additional €2 so it adds up fast. All the woks also already come with mixed vegetables and an egg so keep that in mind when ordering toppings. My favorite combination is the brown rice with chicken, broccoli, and teriyaki sauce, but I sometimes switch up the ingredients and sauces to either the green curry or sweet and sour sauce.

I hadn’t really even heard about woks until coming to Barcelona and most of the other abroad students here are regulars at Wok to Walk. My roommates and I have been trying to keep Woki Organic our secret because once you try a wok from Woki, you’ll never be able to enjoy a Wok to Walk again. The quality of the two places is simply incomparable, while the prices are the same. It truly is the best wok my friends and I have ever had and a must if that’s what you’re craving in Barcelona.

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In fact, Woki’s woks have even recently been featured as a lunch item on Uber EATS, a new food delivery service in Barcelona provided by Uber. It was created as a reaction against laws prohibiting Uber’s personal driver app in Spain. The concept is simple: they have a set lunch and dinner menu every day and will delivery you the warm food in under 10 minutes. Uber has paired with the foodie guide Plateselector to choose some of the best meals in Barcelona to offer on the service, and of course they had to include Woki Organic Market’s wok. So if this wok tickles your fancy but you don’t want to go to one of the four locations of the restaurant, you can simply order it in with the touch of a button on your Uber app. If it’s not featured on UberEATS the day you want it, you can also order wok delivery from Woki by calling 93 315 27 95.

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