Places to eat in Montauk: Wok N’ Roll

By grace.g.yang ยท September 19, 2008
Under: Cheap Eats,Lunch,Montauk,My Life

In my previous post, I mentioned how we went fishing and caught a bunch of flounder. We didn’t stay in a hotel with a grill (although that would’ve been pretty cool if we found more people to come with us) so we weren’t sure what to do with our fish, especially since we didn’t have a cooler and it was our first day in Montauk (we didn’t want to keep the fish in the fridge for another 3 days). I asked a couple of locals what we should do with our freshly caught flounder and they all suggested we take them to Wok N’ Roll, a local Chinese restaurant:

I wasn’t expecting much, especially because it was in a shopping center, but I’ve found that some of the best Chinese food is often found in strange locations (for instance, Tang Dynasty, the awesomest Chinese food ever is in a decrepit shopping center in Urbana, IL). Chris isn’t a big fan of Chinese food, so we decided to order chicken fried rice, which is really difficult to F-up. For the fish, there were lots of different ways to prepare it (General Tso’s style, Fried, etc). We decided to go with the traditional Chinese style, meaning with a little ginger, soy sauce, oil, and green onion.

Our chicken fried rice:

I requested to have brown rice instead of white rice (because when you have white rice, it’s usually 1. old rice that they didn’t sell the previous night and 2. doused with soy sauce). The chicken fried rice was surprisingly delicious and the brown rice was really nutty and chewy (kind of like quinoa). I was really surprised with the quality of the dish (although it is kind of difficult to mess up fried rice).

Our fish came out next, and I was REALLY excited to try it. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything I’ve caught/killed. A picture of Chris with our fish:

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And our two pounds of hard work:

We dug into the fish and were surprised at how meaty it was – I guess I hadn’t ordered flounder in a restaurant since I was a kid and had forgotten the texture. Our ginger/oil/soy sauce combination was probably the best pick for our fish because it was the best way to taste the freshness of the fish without having to eat it raw.

On our way out, we saw one of the owners wrapping dumplings, which is pretty impressive for a small restaurant (don’t most places just buy wontons pre-made?) I was pleasantly surprised with the service and food at Wok N’ Roll and will definitely go back (even if I’m not bringing in freshly caught fish).

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