The Wok of Life .... Noodle Bar, Phoenix Mills

Noodle Bar's claim to fame was as a 'Wok' place. They, along with All Stir Fry and China Joe (now closed), introduced Mumbai to the 'make your own wok' concept. The Noodle Bar branch at Bandra was the original one I think. They have a number of branches now. The one at Phoenix Mills is quite popular given the number of offices around.

We went there after a meeting a few days back. A colleague and I decided to take a crack at the a la carte menu instead of the usual wok.

We were quite impressed by the food. The chicken momo was very succulent. The steamed flour coating gelled well with the fantastically flavoured minced chicken. The coating was not clammy and sticky at all. It was so tasty that I was willing to overlook the fact that it was healthy. The momo brought back fond memories of the Tibetan Momo places in the nooks and crannies of Bhowanipore in Calcutta for me and my fellow Bong partner in food crime.

I was happily surprised by the quality of the mixed fried rice. The rice was firm and well textured. A bit of help from the soy and chopped chilly in vinegar dips and it was on its way to passing my very high standards in fried rice.

We had something called 'drunken prawns' to go with it. Huge, fresh prawns made in a delectable sauce of honey and red wine. The balance of the flirtatious wine and the sweet and homely honey were just right. Neither out shouted the other. Very harmonious. Apt bridesmaids for the glowing prawns. The price, Rs 485 (10 USD), was the only jarring note.

The food was on the expensive side as the other dishes were upwards of Rs 300 (6 USD) each. More expensive than restaurants of its league. Possibly cashing in on the corporate crowd. Though expense accounts are supposed to have become extinct after the slowdown.

The third member of our group had the buffet (Rs 350/ 7 USD) which had mom, spring rolls and nine billion starters, main courses and desserts. The binge eater's fantasy.

The service was prompt. The menu was self explanatory and I didn't subject the stewards to any questions.

Definitely a place to considered if you want Chinese and are marooned in Lower Parel.


Unknown said…
There's a Noodle Bar at Hyd n it's one of my fav places to spend time with friends on a day of cricket as they have a big screen n good food. I'm found of their sizzlers n the noodles n the sunday brownie...

Totally in love with the ambience n the place n the food
Abhishek said…
That is an interesting read. Though a bit expensive, the food seems to be quite tasty... I especially love the way Indian Chinese fried rice is...Here in the US, whenever I order for a fried rice at a chinese restararaunt, it comes out sticky...I guess its the way they cook or because Jasmine rice comes out that way...but the Indian version of the fried rice is more close to how I like my rice, be it biryani, pulao or fried rice. The rice is fluffy,each grain seperated and nowhere close to sticky...

And since you are a Candies fan, I am sure you must have had the dragon chicken and chicken fried rice..I used to love that combo a lot!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Pins N Ase, true its got a nice far eastern food cart feel...except for the prices

Abhishek: of course I have had the dragon chicken. btw it is the second anniversary of the new Candies. Everything is at 50 % today. And I am stcuk at home :(

I can't have rice which is sticky and not separate. Specially in steamed rice and biriyani.

I actually don't mind slightly sticky rice in 'real' Chinese food specially because of the flavours. Worse are Indian restaurnts which serve bland soggy rice. Thats why I liked the one at N B. It was firm and therefore took on the flavours of the sauce well
Soma said…
reminds me of all the delicious momos we would have in the "Tibetian Delights" in Kolkata and also the homemade ones in Darjeeling.. I feel like going back in time.
Kalyan Karmakar said…
The first time I heard of Momos Soma was when I went to Darj in 4th standard. My mom had it.

The Bhowanipore joints bring back memories indeed. Cheap nourishment of pork momos and broth and thumpkas (?) ...a blessing for empty wallets of college days