Top Five: Noodle Bars
We are noodle obsessed at the moment here at London Living, simply because the options are endless. You can choose to go healthy and opt for a noodle salad, or go for warmth and comfort with a noodle soup, plus so much more. This week we’ve hand-selected only the best places that serve noodles in the capital for you to visit, from Chinese to Vietnamese to Thai. Prepare for your noodle obsession to take over!
Image: SIN Website
Salvation in Noodles
122 Balls Pond Rd, Islington, N1 4AE
As soon as you enter SIN you are greeted with the delicious smell of Vietnamese cuisine. Whilst the food is inspired by the authentic taste of Vietnam, the restaurant also incorporates modern ingredients and flavours to jam-pack their noodle bowls. The menu offers hot noodles in rich and aromatic soup, seasoned with Vietnamese herbs and chilli, as well as noodle salads similarly dressed with traditional herbs and paired with pickled treats and delicious dressings. Noodle bowls here cost between £9-£11.
21-24 Victory Parade, East Village, Stratford, E20 1FY
Mama Lan was started by Ning Ma back in 2010, an ode to her grandad and her mum who ran a dumpling snack stall in the bustling streets of Beijing. She has fond memories of the stall being a family run affair, with everybody chipping in. Ning took it upon herself to be the food taster! She moved to London in her teens and, back in 2010, opened a Supper club in her very own home to bring a taste of Beijing to London with noodle salads, soups, rice dishes and buns all on offer. Mama Lan restaurants were born and our all-time favourite dish has to be the fried tofu and Chinese mushroom noodle soup, with pak choi and coriander. You simply have to visit! East Village is one of six Mama Lan sites in London, you can check out other locations here.
Image: Uncle Nam’s Facebook
66 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PA
Recently opened in September 2016, Uncle Nam’s is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Stoke Newington. Their specialty is Pho bowls, and we are certainly a fan! Slow-cooked stock blended with rich herbs and spices is garnished with a selection of fresh herbs, onions and chillies, which you can then add beef or chicken to to create your bowl. This is sure to keep your insides warm and, if you need something tempting alongside the noodles, Uncle Nam’s also serves large, thin and crispy Vietnamese pancakes which are simply divine.
Image: Union Viet Facebook
120 Union Street, SE1 0FR
Union Viet has a never-ending stream of fantastic reviews. The menu is big and, with loads of variety, you will be sure to find something you’ll love. Even better news for the veggies amongst us is that they do a fantastic Vegan Pho, with grilled tofu and vegetables as well as lots more vegetarian-friendly plates. Just scrolling through their menu makes us hungry here at London Living. This place is definitely worth a visit for a bite to eat!
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Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Westfield Stratford City, 1st Floor, Stratford, E15 1AA
There are six Rosa’s restaurants in London and, where the others have a relaxed café atmosphere, the stall at Westfield’s is for those looking for a faster food option during a shopping trip. Rosa’s food offering at the Stratford branch is still hearty and mouthwatering, and will leave you with that memorable taste of modern Thai cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else in Westfield Stratford. The menu is extensive and has a variety of different plate options from lunch to dinner. In addition, Rosa’s also has a separate gluten-free and vegetarian menu to cater for all. So, go ahead and get a taste of some drunken noodles or Pad Thai!
Have you ever seen the word ‘noodle’ so much in one blog? Leave a comment below and let us know your recent noodle discoveries in London.