Noodle & Dumplings
Isn’t it always the way that wait ages for a Chinese bus to arrive, and by bus I mean restaurant, then two arrive at the same time? This seems to be the case after a recent trip to Fusion Gourmet was followed up by my first visit to Noodle & Dumplings the other day.
New to South Clerk Street where the Finnan chippy used to trade, this informal Chinese place is hand-pulling noodles before your very eyes. It struck me as doing a similar thing to both Noodle and Tasty Noodle.
With that in mind, I stuck to the sort of thing I’d eaten in both of those places, opting for the beef flank noodles in broth. This was once I’d worked out that the English translation of the various dishes was available on the rear of the Chinese character descriptions.
Dishes are prepared to order so there was a short but expected wait. My dish then arrived looking steamingly hearty with a wonderfully meaty aroma. I tucked in with a combination of chopsticks and spoon, pausing occasionally to de-spot my tie and dry my beard.
It was satisfying stuff with an elegant broth packed full of beef chunks and fresh noodles. There was good vegetable crunch, too, making for a really enjoyable lunchtime feast.
So overall, I was very pleased with Noodle & Dumplings. It was doing a good trade on a busy Friday, so it looks like things are off to a good start for the business. I’d strongly recommend you to give it a try as it’s likely to impress.
Blythe scores Noodle & Dumplings
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: beef flank in broth soup
I drank: water
I wore: grey noodle suit
Total bill: £7.50
Address: 23 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JD