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Sep 24, 2004 03:58 PM

Has anyone tried Noodle Street on Commonwealth Ave.?

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What type of food do they offer? Chinese? thai? Japanese?

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  1. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller..?

    Is this place any good? I'm craving noodles but can't make it out to Chinatown from Brighton on a 1hr lunch break...

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    1. re: eating out

      Alright, so I tried it myself. It was 'eh' at best, had the NS gravy with udon and chicken. Failed to specify roasted chicken, this was a mistake- the chicken it comes with looks like it's ABC chicken (already been chewed).
      The gravy itself wasn't that bad, sweet and spicy. Didn't come with much in the way of vegetables. Pad thai, drunken noodles, etc. nothing special on the menu. I won't go back, and wouldn't recommend anyone making any kind of trip to get here.

      Kinda bummed, but I'll live to eat another day (or in a couple hours).

      1. It's been around for six years at least, and I never heard of it, never noticed it. Can someone confirm or deny my suspicion, based solely on its location and lack of repute on this board, that's it's a BU undergraduate hog-trough?

          1. re: scratchie

            They sorta-love it on Yelp: 115 reviews, average 3.5 out of 5, very typical ratings distribution, obviously a lot of college kids giving it its many four-star reviews, a a scant few 1s and a few 2s from folks who agree with my totally baseless snap judgment. Not one positive review from a Yelper whose taste I trust, I'm afraid, but there aren't many of those.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Its in the middle of the BU campus so there's obviously the Yelp reviewers are obviously going to be skewed in that direction.
              hey make some really solid food. Their entree titles and atmosphere certainly doesn't feel as traditional as a place like Dok Bua, but I think their aim is simply to cater towards Thai neophytes.
              The food itself is really quite solid. I generally like to avoid the BU area during the year, but I'm willing to venture through the undergraduate hoards for Noodle St.

              And now that its summer and the undiscerning burrito-eaters have cleared out, you have the perfect opportunity to try it out.

              I recommend trying the NS Noodle soup, I've never come across anything quite like it.

              I would say its worth going their simple for their NS Noodle Soup

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Some one posted about it a few years ago on CH, they were very lukewarm, IIRC....

                1. re: galleygirl

                  Looking back, I see that Adam Reilly of The Phoenix gave it an On the Cheap review back in Nov. 2005, ending with this: "Noodle Street isn’t Boston’s most sophisticated Thai restaurant. But if you’re looking for a quick, solid meal in a convenient location, it merits a visit."


              2. re: MC Slim JB

                That's basically correct. The vast majority of their customers are BU students and staff. The food is fast, relatively cheap, and good sized portions, all important to that demographic. I work nearby and have had most of their menu at some point over the years...nothing in particular stands out to recommend. I wish their dishes had more vegetables and less salt.

            2. I've worked across the street for the past 6 years and sometimes grab lunch there. Well, 'grab' is not really the word to use, because it's definitely not as fast as other Thai places. But they are pretty much packed all the time and put a little more effort into presentation and plating than some other restaurants, so maybe that's why.

              As for the food, it's really not that bad. Certainly not the most authentic spicing - many dishes are almost too sweet. They also lack that 'wok hei' that gives stir fries that fragrant caramelization. However, like a previous poster mentioned, the NS soup is fantastic! Nowadays this is the ONLY dish I order there. Hearty and garlicky. Mm.. and the chicken is chopped up (described as 'chewed' above :P) which is the way I like it, although the roast chicken drumstick is not bad too.

              Another plus is that the menu is extremely customizable. For example, if you want a noodle soup, you basically follow some type of a flow chart and pick the type of soup, then the kind of noodle followed by the main meat or veggie and then finally any extra toppings (e.g., boiled egg). Same system for fried rice and fried noodles I think.

              So the bottom line is that yes, Noodle Street is mostly chock full of undiscerning undergrad diners that couldn't care less about authentic Thai food, but there are some surprisingly refined options (e.g., not just Tom Yam or Tom Kha soups) that can be a pleasant change from other hole in the wall Thai restaurants in the neighborhood.