Former chef to Hollywood film director John Huston, Archie passed away in 1993 after establishing Archie’s Wok in 1986.
But his widow Cynthia Alpenia and son Sergio carry on the legacy of this lovely restaurant, one of the best in Puerto Vallarta.
The menu pays tribute to most of the Asian cuisines – lumpia Filipino eggrolls, Cantonese-style cashew chicken, fragrant Cambodian red beef curry simmered with tamarind and coconut milk, and Vietnamese fish wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoal.
But Thai classics – like their popular Pad Thai, Thai garlic shrimp with fresh ginger, and beef tongue in Thai coconut sauce with basil – stand out.
The spice-averse will be happy to know that the kitchen goes easy on the heat, letting the delicate flavors shine on their own.
Salad lovers shouldn’t miss the spinach and watercress with caramelized pecans, feta cheese and roasted red pepper, tossed in a refreshing hibiscus flower vinaigrette. Finish with the delightfully light lemon cloud dessert. (We really shouldn’t have tried splitting…)
There are many excellent restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Archie’s Wok is one of them.
Line-ups outside the door most nights attest to this restaurant’s continuing popularity (be prepared to wait for a table).
Tip: Ask to sit in the serene garden courtyard (though the small indoor room is also attractive).
On weekends, a harpist plays live classical music, adding to the ambience. Prices are reasonable too – another bonus.
Many thanks to Archie’s Wok for inviting us for dinner! But the words and views here are our own.