The Noodle House Shaftesbury Avenue – Restaurant Review
Escape the frenzy of the West End to some chilli heat, veggie crunch and fragrant flavours served up in simple welcoming surrounds. The Noodle House successfully combines the vibrancy of buzzing street food stalls with the tranquility of teahouses of Southeast Asia.
The family-friendly restaurant opened recently in the summer of 2014 and offers superb value for West End diners in an enviable location and close to the hotspots of Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
Vegetarian Restaurant In London
The food served is unfortunately not halal but there are extensive seafood options and some vegetarian selections that will cater for most of those with special dietary requirements.
The portions are very generous and I would suggest ordering a starter each and sharing a main between two. My recommendation for the vegetarian starter is the Spicy Edamame – which is soya beans served with red chilli, garlic and ginger sauce. It has a little bit of a kick best enjoyed with one of the superb cocktails or mocktails on offer. For meat eaters, the duck dumplings are well worth a try – served with sesame soy dipping sauce.
With seven different varieties of noodles to choose from, this is a venue where you are truly spoilt for choice. Many of the dishes available are classic South Asian favourites – I opted for the Cantonese Roast Duck and Singapore Noodles with prawn and chicken (for non-vegetarians). The vegetarian choices are slightly limited but the Broccoli and Crispy Tofu Pad Thai was arguably my favourite main. Whilst not exceptional, the food is tasty and exactly what one might expect from this type of West End dining option – good value and wholesome.
The sweet sharing plate is without a doubt the best option if you have company and includes a lime and ginger cheesecake, a mango coconut pudding, banana spring rolls and a scoop of gelato/sorbet of your choice. My pick of the bunch would be the banana spring rolls simply as it is a little out of the ordinary – delicious sweet bananas are hand rolled in crispy warm pastry served with vanilla bean gelato served with with caramel sauce and cinnamon sugar.
The wine selection is not extensive but the drink options at The Noodle House are very centred around teas and cocktails. The cocktails in particular, are expertly made and include some house varieties of which I would recommend the Singapore Slipper – a play on the watermelon martini. The mocktail list is equally indulgent and I would recommend the Jasmine and Peach Iced Tea.
Around £30 per person for a 3-course meal, a tea and cocktail/mocktail.
For reservations and more information please visit: www.tnhlondon.com