August 17, 2004 > Wok City Diner
Wok City Diner
Wait! Before you skim the pictures and words of this article with the thought that you already have your favorite Chinese restaurant - and there are some excellent choices in the Tri-Cities - note that it will be worthwhile to add another to your list of top choices. Frank Tao at Wok City Diner has a few surprises waiting for diners looking for white tablecloth ambiance and cuisine that will easily match and exceed other highly rated restaurants of the Bay Area.
Frank knows the business and loves what he does. Arriving in the United States in 1977 at age 25, he went to college, but worked in restaurants whenever he had a spare moment. Two years at DeAnza College in Cupertino was followed by additional studies and a degree from Chico State in Computer Science. However, the lure of opening a business and his love of cooking was an irresistible combination. Three years of study in the kitchen of a friend's restaurant in Eureka prepared Frank to understand traditional Chinese cooking styles and develop his own signature techniques.
Returning to the Bay Area, Frank worked in many restaurants, learning and teaching others. In 1990, Frank managed the kitchen and co-owned Ho Chow Restaurant in Fremont for five years with his brother and sister. His brother moved to New York and opened his own restaurant while Frank remained in Fremont to launch Great Wall Restaurant. Frank's brother suggested a name change based on the well-known Fog City Diner in San Francisco. Frank agreed and the name was changed to...Wok City Diner.
A unique understanding of Chinese cuisine and a willingness to be creative drew others to Frank's kitchen to learn from him. Now, Frank manages the dining room and lends his cooking expertise to the chefs behind the scenes. Wok City Diner will not disappoint diners, whether Szechwan or Mandarin style is preferred. Presentation and quality is excellent. Vegetables are crisp and flavorful, while meat and seafood dishes are cooked with attention to achieving a delicate and tender balance between "undercooked" and "tough."
Frank's Chinese Chicken Salad is a unique treat that delivers flavor without a dressing or sauce and a new appetizer, "Seafood Cheese Puff," should not be missed! Another new entry to the menu is Mango Chicken that preserves a delicate mango flavor with chicken in a light sauce. Frank's preference for sauces that compliment rather than overwhelm ingredients is a signature of Wok City Diner. Walnut Prawns is another delight that shuns a heavy, sweet sauce for the Frank's light touch.
Open for lunch and dinner every day, Wok City Diner caters to the leisurely diner as well as those who stop by for a quick lunch. Frank even includes a salad bar during the lunch hours for those who are faced with short breaks. Each day, Frank greets customers and makes sure the emphasis at Wok City Diner is on quality. Employees are reminded to "serve from your heart." The Golden Rule prevails here; customers are treated as honored guests, food is prepared to the highest standards and cleanliness is paramount throughout all parts of the restaurant - dining room, kitchen, bathrooms.
Wok City Diner is tucked in the Warm Springs Plaza near Albertsons. Whether eating in or take-out is preferred, this is a restaurant that will please even the most discriminating palates. Come by, meet Frank and let him share his love of food and good dining with you.
Wok City Diner
46531 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Open 7 Days
11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. Fri & Sat)
Dine In or To-Go
Banquets & Parties
(credit cards accepted)