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I love both extremes. And everything in between. So while, an hour ago I've dined at the famed Alinea (Chicago), the world's seventh best restaurant, I am about to review this cheap and cheerful eatery I ate in just before leaving. Evergrateful for leads, I dashed down to Lower Parel.

Decor

Perched on the mouth of Raghuvanshi mills this seriously small eatery has an open kitchen (with woks sizzling away) and the cityscape of Mumbai painted on the wall. Walk out and in the tiny open space a pedestal fan whirs and there is seating here (almost in the carpark).

Food

It's all about making the Wok work for you! Choose your carb (rice/noodles), protein (Egg/ chicken/chicken sausage/tofu), greens and sauces (9 types) of your choice at the live kitchen.

The 28 year young entrepreneur Aditya Singh ensures that you can mix and match everything and keeps the pricing low. I enjoy the brown rice with butter garlic, tasty chicken red Thai curry and also the noodles with oyster and terriyaki sauce.

You can order your drink and even have coffee (Georgia) at the end.

Minus points

It's supposed to be a Quick Service Restaurant but because everything is freshly stir fried, be prepared to wait. There is no soup, no dessert and no sugar for the coffee. No loo either. It is not air-conditioned so can get very warm, even while sitting outside. There is inconsistency in the food, some of the dishes can get over-salty or too gloopy and saucy.

My Point

Wok speaks to the moment's casual ethos. Instead of plates, your food is served to you in cardboard boxes.

It is a grab and go refueling station for the office-goer and shopper. Does home delivery too. Cheap and cheerful!

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by them**

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It’s named after a city in Jordan and Aqaba sits in an office building in Lower Parel. Having eaten its Mediterranean, Middle Eastern food a few times, I went back to try some more.

Décor

Ask for directions to this office building and once in it, make sure you whizz up the correct lift. Polished wood tables and plush furnishings in shades of sea-blue and green dot this high-ceilinged hall. The large space also has board rooms an alfresco area.

Food

Choose from their all-day menu with salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas, and mezze and mains for dinner which includes dishes from Greece, Turkey and Lebanon and a smattering of dishes from Italy, Spain and Northern Africa.

Select your own mezze platter and your own kebab platter with a choice of Chicken Gyro, Lamb gyro, Rawas Kebab, Moroccan prawns, Lamb Seekh Kebab, Batata Harra; Lebanese spicy potatoes topped with cheese and grilled. While it was the garlic cream sauce that came up tops, the Lamb kibbeh and Shish taouk were well made too. Okayish, flavoursome Tagine, well made Moussaka. Vegetarians can go for Labneh, Dolmas and Spanakopita. End with the creamy Rose Petal Ice Cream.

Minus Points

Price points are certainly on the higher side and some of the dishes disappoint. The Samak Meshwi (fish) was a tad off and smelly, while the shewarama overcooked and pizza soggy. Oversweet, sticky baklava.

My Point

An interesting and ambitious menu in a pleasing light-filled environment. The arguments about authenticity can go on forever, however, Aqaba’s food offers comforting flavours. With so much competition from other stand alone restaurants, it could do with toning down its prices. It is an ideal and stylish venue for parties, events and even board room meetings.

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by them**

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