October 21, 2014 noodles, Old Town, Salad, Thai 6 Comments

MJ’s Verdict

When we met for lunch at Noodles n Ice, I really had no expectations of what was waiting inside. What I found was music that was too loud and food that tasted fine, but the value for the money left me wanting to not return any time soon.

Exterior

Exterior

The place looks pretty smart. It was catering to what seemed to be a touristy crowd when I arrived and sat with BKR. The music was distractingly loud. The menu is simple and pretty clear with a lot of options that are tempting. Though, the price point confused me. A starter was £5, while the most expensive mains ran only £8 or so. Regardless, though I would have liked to have tried a starter, I wasn’t sure it was worth a £13 lunch.

I ordered the prawn salad. It was quite tasty, and it did come with a profuse amount of prawns (like 6 or so), but at £7.50 I was both annoyed and disappointed with the general size of the salad and lack of much more than onions as a base.

BKR’s looked so oily I wasn’t going to try it, but I can imagine it is great curative, and for the amount of noodles and meat he received for the price, it seemed a good value.

Noodles

Noodles

We decided to go elsewhere for coffee.

I can’t imagine that I would head here if I can go get amazing Thai food at Ting Thai Caravan or excellent noodle soup bowls from Yocoko a few doors down. Overall, I was underwhelmed.

Blythe’s Verdict

It’s always a good day when MJ and I get our act together and go for lunch together. It had been a wee while, but our common level of intrigue at newly arrived Noodles n Ice on South Bridge ensured an early exploratory visit.

The “noodles” element is ploughing territory rather similar to Ting Thai Caravan. Given how popular Ting Thai continues to be, it’s hardly surprising to see imitators arise.

Noodles n Ice has a slightly odd feel to it. It’s neat and tidy enough, but the walls are strangely bare and the acoustics are rather reverbatory, with the music a notch or two too loud. It made some of our conversation a little difficult to hear.

Menu

Menu

The menu covers familiar Thai and pan-Asian options. MJ opted for the king prawn salad, while I chose the garlic and black pepper noodles with beef.

Dishes promptly arrived. MJ was not pleased with the compact size of hers, but it looked to contain a healthy number of prawns. Mine was a good deal more profuse.

It proved to be a decent eat. The beef had reasonable flavour and the noodles were quite well seasoned, but there wasn’t much on either the garlic or black pepper front. It was also incredibly oily, with a veritable lake of the stuff left at the end.

Salad

Salad

We gave the “ice” element of their offering a quick look. This showcases a nice selection of Luca’s ice cream in various forms, including at the heart of it a range of milkshakes. Neither of us have the sweet tooth much, though.

So overall, Noodles n Ice is quite a good idea, but it’s lacking on the execution front, so far. Ting Thai offers a substantially more accomplished take on this sort of thing, and nearby Yocoko is also a good bit better. They need to focus on developing things, growing into the property and refining their offering in the coming weeks and months.

Scores
Blythe scores Noodles n Ice
2.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 10.5/20

MJ scores Noodles n Ice
3/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for setting
2.5/5 for service
giving an overall 10.5/20

Today’s questers were: MJ, Blythe

We ate: king prawn salad; garlic and black pepper noodles

We drank: water

We wore: boat shoes; tweed

Total bill: £14.50

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Written by BKR