Archie’s Wok Restaurant Review, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Archie's Wok

Francisca Rodriguez 130

Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,

322/222-0411

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Exterior

Archie’s Wok is one of the few Asian restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. It is located in the Romantic zone, half a block from the beach. They have Chinese, Thai, Filipino style dishes infused with local accents. English translations of the menu are available. The late Archie was the chef to John Houston at his hideaway for many years. Archie’s wife and family continue his legacy today.

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Interior 2

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Interior 3

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Interior 1

Decor, Vibe – This is not a fancy place, but it had a bunch of ornaments. It is pretty typical of Puerto Vallarta.  There were mostly tourists when we were eating.

Menu Pictures:

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Menu 5

Prix Fix Menu

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Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Menu 1

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Menu 3

Dessert Menu

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Menu 2

Archie’s Story

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Drinks

Drinks

Picks:
Pescado Cheng Mai ($162 pesos, 10:1 US$) – Fresh Mahi Mahi in a coconut cream sauce tasted on the heavy side but the fish was very fresh.

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Sate de pollo

Sate De Pollo ($65) – 3 Chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce tasted great. Wish there were more.

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Calamari Salad

Calamari Salad ($169 bundle) – was delicious, with lots of tangy-citrusy flavor.  Lots of squid and octopus too.

OK:

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Hoisin Ribs

Hoisin Ribs ($169 bundle) – had 5 tangy ribs with some flavored rice.  Ribs could use more flavor and quantity.

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables – had an assortment of mushrooms, cucumber, celery, carrots, bean sprouts, broccoli and more.  A little too watery and bland.

Pass:

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Pescado Cheng Mai

Guiso Con Champion ($69) – Thai shrimp soup was not good. Too creamy.

Archies Wok Puerto Vallarta Pineapple carpaccio

Pineapple carpaccio ($169 bundle) – The pineapple and strawberry dessert had very little in quantity.

Unfortunately, the desert menu is very limited. This restaurant serves good Asian food, in an fun atmosphere. Prices are on the more reasonable side when compared to other places.

Archie's Wok Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:2pm-11pm. Closed Sunday
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$140 - $199

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1 Comment

  • Tidbit
    February 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Archie’s Wok can be found in Zona Romantica – the older, charming area of Puerto Vallarta, ½ block up from the wooden pier. The restaurant was started over 20 years by Archie, He was director, John Houston’s personal chef for almost 8 years while John was living in PV. Archie’s widow, Cindy, and family continue to run the eatery. The space is very basic with the expected sprinkling of splashes of Chinese colors.

    I began with the “Spicy Life Salad” – it was great. The thin slices of mixed vegetables were very fresh & crunchy; the light dressing with the right amount of zing was outstanding. The perfect start to what I expected to be a good meal.

    I can not say the same for the Chicken & Almond entrée I ordered for dinner. The light sauce attempting to hold this dish together lacked flavor and failed. I should have ordered another salad & skipped the chicken entrée.

    The restaurant was surprisingly busy; it maybe that many of the dinner guests (tourists) find it a “safe” choice. Not in my opinion – there is a plethora of reasonable priced dining options in PV… keeping walking.

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