2004-10-14

Noodle Bar - Bangalore Central

If you dropped in to 'the lounge on the second floor' at Bangalore Central, looking for comfortable seating, you'd be disappointed. Noodle Bar is a small place, far smaller than the outlet in Bombay. The tables have backless benches that take you back to school. It gets painful if you stay too long, but perhaps that's the idea.

The food at Noodle Bar is excellent. Especially good is the Hong Kong chicken and the shrimp based starters. Try the fried golden prawns. The various sizzlers are great, but their speciality is a DIY dish. They give you a sheet of paper with checkboxes against various catgories. Noodles, veg, non-veg, toppings, sauces, and grade of spice. You tick of what you want and hand it to the chef who'll toss it for you. We didn't get to taste ours.

The black pepper chicken noodles aren't very nice unless you add a good gravy to it. Japanese teriyaki fish is nice, but could do with a lot of improvement.

The service at this place isn't very good. The waiter at our table confused the orders and handed some of our dishes to the other end of the very long table. They also brought food and drinks in at different times, so half of us were still getting our drinks while the other half had finished theirs. It was the same with food, so there were people who had to sit and stare while those who'd gotten their food later finished. I ate right through :)

You can get a pair of chopsticks if you're interested.

Noodle Bar serves various interesting cocktails and soft drinks too.

Update: The entrances to the Noodle Bar and Bombay Blue have merged. There's now a single door to go to either, and you can order from either menu.

Blues rates it:
Food - Excellent
Service - Ok
Price - High
Decor - Minimal but smart
Overall - good food if you don't look at the price

Recommendation - Go there, but not in very large groups. It confuses the waiters.

Getting there:
Get to Bangalore Central at the junction of Residency Road and MG Road. Take the escalator up to the second floor. Noodle bar is straight ahead on the left. Don't go right, you'll hit Bombay Blue, which isn't recommended.

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