REVIEW: Dinner at The Noodle House
Another week, another opening in central London. This time it’s Piccadilly, where the latest branch of Southeast Asian noodle bar chain The Noodle House has set up shop, opposite excellent new pub The Ape and Bird by Russell Norman, of Polpo fame.
The Noodle House is dark, all smooth, clean lines and soft lighting. Step inside and the ruckus of Shaftesbury Avenue deadens, though large glass windows allow for as much people-watching as you like. There’s not an immediate atmosphere – it’s busy, but not cosy, quite smart but not overwhelming.
Assured that the place boasts a terrifyingly large tea menu, but it being Saturday night, we started with tea-infused cocktails – the best of both worlds. Each was delicious – our favourite served up in a giant teapot with tapioca pearls (the very same you’d find in authentic bubble teas, a stone’s throw away in Chinatown).
The menu is varied without being too long, so food came thick and fast. Steamed dumplings to start, followed by a quarter of a duck (each takes around 24 hours to prepare, so we’re told) was delicious and moreish, leading to a swift mains order.
Pad Thai, steamed Asian vegetables and Katong Laksa were prompt and piping hot, though far too big for two people to finish after cocktails and starters. So full were we, that we could not find room for a dessert – opting for a second cocktail instead.
This seemed to be the case for most guests, most people apparently working their way through the delightful concoctions on offer. Indeed, the list is so varied and the mixologists so keen, it’s easy to drink well into the night – easier still when you see the artesianal cocktail bar downstairs. A great little find in one of the busiest spots in London, the food is good, but the drinks are better.
Address: 117 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8AD
Amy @ FashionBite xx