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A stone’s throw from Chinatown’s lacquered ducks and roast meats, Noodle House offers a more contemporary take on South-East Asian cuisine. Born in Dubai back in 2002, its wooden booths, red
banquettes, stripped-back decor and open kitchen suggest a chain, while the menu is designed for sharing. Noodles naturally loom large – think pad thai, soto ayam soup with ban mein, Singapore
vermicelli or udon-based mee goreng. Otherwise, succulent Malaysian beef rendang is a creamy, coconut-flavoured highlight, crispy tempura prawns come with spicy mayo and there are moreish banana
spring rolls to finish. The Noodle House is also big on fragrant bespoke teas, with jars displayed on a special ‘tea wall’; alternatively, head to the downstairs bar for an exotic, Asian-themed
cocktail – perhaps moon shadow (vodka infused with jasmine, chrysanthemum and Lillet Blanc teas, finished with iced hibiscus). Staff are proficient and friendly.
The Noodle House is a restaurant chain owned by Jumeirah Restaurants from Dubai, which today (Thursday 17 April 2014) opens its first UK branch in Soho, London.I was lucky enough to go to one of its 'soft opening' nights yesterday, effectively an opportunity for staff and management to practice running the restaurant ahead of the real opening - definitely a smart move.But a soft opening doesn't mean it was quiet - in fact far from it. It was full of diners (apparently made up mainly of friends and family of staff) and had a lively atmosphere, so it very much looked the part in one of the busiest parts of London.The...
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