Since I’ve been doing Cheap Eats reviews, I’ve had about a bazillion people (OK, maybe closer to 5 or 6) tell me I should review the Noodle Cafe in Garema Place. I put it off for so long because I thought it was too obvious, not really a hidden gem etc. I eventually came to the realisation that I haven’t been there, so there are probably plenty of people who haven’t been there either!
I sped off to Noodle Cafe in the last 10 minutes of my lunch break after a PT session at the gym, because what better way to undo all my hard work than with a delicious high calorie lunch?
I wandered in and was immediately greeted by a very cheerful staff member. She showed me the lunch specials menu which had about 10 or so options from laksa, to pad thai, to mongolian chicken. I opted for the latter. Mongolian chicken and rice set me back a modest $11, with an extra $2.50 for a cheeky can of Coke Zero.
I opted for takeaway as I had to zip back to work, and when I opened it all up I discovered that they also gave me a heap of prawn chips! Best day ever. I love prawn chips. No idea if these are included in the lunch special or if the employee just gave me a kind freebie. Either way, it was a welcome surprise.
The Mongolian chicken was good. Not amazing, but it was decent. Lots of chicken, lots of sauce, and a fair few veggies. If I had to make one complaint, it would be that the capsicum pieces were too thick. I like finely slice vegetables. It’s not a major issue though, the rest of the dish was fine.
They crammed a lot of food into that one container – I couldn’t finish it! For $11, I’m keen to try out the rest of the Noodle Cafe lunch menu.
What: Noodle Cafe
Where: Garema Place (two doors up from HonkyTonks), Civic
Opening hours: 12.00-3.00pm, 5.30-9.00pm (Mon-Wed) 12-3pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm (Thurs-Sat), Closed Sunday