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Bronze Award
London, WC1B 3NP ·Website ·Call020 7300 3324

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Bronze Award

This tough-to-spot, industrial-chic noodle bar might be just what you’re looking for if you’ve tired of ramen. Tang (‘soup’) offers a range of prawn, chicken or tofu bowls inspired predominantly by Singaporean recipes and filled with a choice of wheat, glass or rice noodles. There’s also a congee option, and generous sides of delicately fried chicken or black-bean tofu, the former paired with bright orange hot sauce or lemon tofu dip. Our highlight was the prawn tang: an intensely dark prawn and pork broth with soy sauce, egg and springy, fat prawns. The small menu changes seasonally, while drinks include cans of Beavertown beer, one white and one red wine and oolong tea. Tang’s biggest problem is location, sharing an entrance with fellow St Giles Hotel tenant VQ and possessing only a small exterior sign. With its windowless interior this pit-stop is fine for a quick bite, but nothing more.


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££££ - Under £30

Location for Tang

111 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NP

020 7300 3324


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-10pm

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Vi Vian

Great noodle bar concept but a little haphazard...
26 May 2016  
Gosh, I don't know where to start. And, Naomi was not exaggerating when she wrote about her experience in Tang. It was… bad. We were initially thrilled to be seated at the bar, witnessing the kitchen action, drama and the whole palaver but after ordering our food I did not think it was such a good idea. I could not wait to get out of the place. I ate in my auto pilot hungry mode so literally slurping noodles, no conversations, no exchanges of friendly glances with Naomi. Tang aims to provide the ambience of an intimate noodle bar of the far East. This means that you can enjoy a hearty bowl soup noodles and have your beer at the same time. It sounds great and promising. I visualise a cosy and casual diner. Probably very sociable due to the outlay of bar seats and communal high table and chairs. Reservations are taken for groups of eight people or more. Otherwise, walk-ins only. The mains are soup broths with a choice of prawn, chicken or vegetarian (starting from £10.00). Starters are fried chicken and tofu. What made Tang stood out as a noodle bar was because the food served were mostly soy based and and dairy free. After a moment of observation in Tang, I would described the place more accurately as a self service noodle bar. Just like the food courts in Malaysia one queues, orders, pays and collects their own food. Food was served quite quickly. Overall, the food was just so average but what made the experience unpleasant was that chaotic operation and crass response we received after we mentioned that one of our bowls of noodles was not cooked. The wheat noodles were still raw. Seating at the bar quickly became an irritant because of the self service exercise meant that the kitchen had to shout out orders and the noodles were collected from the bar. It was just constant interruption that gave me indigestion. After a long week of work, I was longing for a casual place and a quick catch up with the girls. Tang was just not the hype and there are plenty of other soup based noodle bar like Koya Bar, Ichiryu, Kanada-ya, sasei ki, Bone Daddies...take your pick! I do not see myself as a Tang lovey.
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