After wandering back to the city west carpark over recent weeks and watching a shopfront change from newspaper, to newspaper with “coming soon” on it, a restaurant has opened!
I grabbed a menu on Monday night, and safely accompanied by a motley array of colleagues we ventured to the North China Noodlearium. Hooray, I just invented a word! Or should it a Noodleatarium? Noodlehousen?
North China food has been described to me as ‘peasant food’, and what we got was hand made noodles, simple ingredients, a hearty feed that was well flavoured. It wasn’t the overdone (never been a fan of Italian as it is usually been buggerised with too much). It was simple, done well and filling. Ginger was used to flavour the pork dish I had and there were subtleties and other tastes which evolved as the bowl got emptier.
I had the Chinese pork and Cabbage noodles, others had the Beijing special, chicken and mushroom, tomato and something else can’t remember what it was, we all had the sour potato starter.
The food was first rate, a small cost $10.60 including the starter, the special of the day (tomato and ?) was $8.00 iirc including starter, we all left satisfied and vowing to return. Service was good, staff were good, no delays in getting food.
An indicator I always look for in restaurants with an ethnic background is whether people of the same ethnic origin are eating there. (Indian in an indian restaurant for example). They passed that test.
Not a huge range but well done. They’re just along from the Wig and Pen (about 4 doors to the right), next time I want to give the preserved egg and tofu a bash, and I’m morally opposed to tofu.
If you want a hearty lunchtime or after work feed it’s worth investigating. And a pint or three awaits a few doors down.