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SGV Restaurants: Noodle Planet/World/City

mist1105 Apr 1, 2007 11:09 PM

Hi, I'm new to the community and being an avid food eater for the past 18 years of my life, I figure I should post up some of my opinions on the restaurants I've eaten at. x) Living in the SGV area, there are plenty of choices for me to choose from, but among the many restaurants there are, there are just some that stands out. Noodle Planet/World/City being one of the few. I've been going there since my freshmen year of high school, and being a freshmen in high school, I am on a very small budget. But Noodle Planet/World/City accomodates and satisfies both my hunger and wallet. Portions are fairly large and one plate is enough to feed two people. My friends and I tend to frequent there often and like many Asian restaurants, the service may not be one like Cheesecake Factory of Pasadena, or any other American restaurant, but the food comes out in a timely manner, and you tend to leave the restaurant happier then when you come out. Out of the three restaurants, my favorite would have to be Noodle Planet. Would I suggest this as a MUST GO to restaurant, no. But for people who are on a tight budget and in need for something to quickly satisfy their craving, Noodle Planet would be the place to go. Located on Valley and Eight Street, where I am assuming is where Burger Boy used to be located at, since there is a huge statue of the old fella in the restaurant as well as posters of movies that are based on Outer Space, which is meant to suit the theme of "Noodle Planet". (Personally, I never liked the theme, but looking at the posters while you wait have kept me occupied enough to never actually realize how long i've been waiting for a table) :)

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    bulavinaka Apr 1, 2007 11:52 PM

    I'm not sure if they're still there, but a Noodle Planet opened in Westwood in the late 90's as well... I concur that it's a really good deal, where the food is pretty decent, the portions are generous, and the price is right. A true testimony to this was the number of UCLA students constantly rotating in and out of the restaurant... I also liked the fact that they offered desserts like mango with sweet sticky rice, and even durian with sweet sticky rice. These are offerings that would comfort many a homesick UCLA student visiting form SE Asia...

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      mist1105 Apr 2, 2007 12:52 AM

      sounds like the Noodle Planet in Alhambra. It has a weird mix of Chinese/Malaysian/Thai/Vietnamese food on their menu, but oddly enough, it's a good mix because their food is really good. x) Their Pad Thai is to die for, and although I've never gotten their Pho their, my friends have and they say it's pretty decent. :)

      1. re: mist1105
        bulavinaka Apr 2, 2007 11:46 AM

        My wife and I were eating at their Westwood place frequently in the late 90's thru 2002, as it was very close to UCLA's med center - her Ob/Gyn was there and we had our children birthed there... A pregnant wife who is from Malaysia has cravings that can only be satisfied at places like Noodle Planet. I consider myself lucky that they were located there; otherwise I'd suffer the wrath of hormonal swings! Chiu Chow soup noodles and durian with sweet sticky rice? OK honey, coming right up! Isn't this a great city?

        1. re: bulavinaka
          mist1105 Apr 2, 2007 08:48 PM

          Oh L.A. definitely rocks with its wide selection of restaurants. I especially adore the SGV (especially Valley and Garvey). Being asian and all, i love the restaurants haha xD

    2. raytamsgv Apr 2, 2007 01:31 AM

      Noodle Planet is definitely better than Noodle World--less crowded, better parking. I don't know if Noodle City is related to the other two, so I won't hazard a guess on that. But Noodle World and Noodle Planet are related restaurants.

      I agree: it's definitely cheap and filling. The food isn't the best by any stretch of the imagination, but at least you have a lot of choices. If you can't make up your mind if you want Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, or other types of noodles, this place would be OK. If your friends can't agree to one type of noodle restaurant, this place would also be OK. But if you know what you want, you would probably be better off going to a specialized restaurant.

      Thanks for the review!

      1. WildSwede Apr 2, 2007 08:40 AM

        I find it absolutely delicious. I used to get the Pho (passable) but now I stick with the Veggie Hand Rolls (heads and shoulders above the Vietnamese ones with shrimp) dipped into my own creation sauce which includes pretty much every condiment that is sitting on the table and the Spicy Laht Nah with chicken. Damn, it is good. It is one of the few meals that I actually crave. I have only been to the Noodle World in Old Town Pasadena. The Alhambra location is kitty corner from my favorite place that makes the best springrolls (its the sauce).

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        1. re: WildSwede
          eatdrinknbmerry Apr 2, 2007 11:37 AM

          I think Noodle Planet/World is a great concept. I believe the owner is a very young thai/caucasian man - smart. For someone experiencing Asian noodles for the first time, this couldn't be a better stop. I really like their Thai Boat Noodles - not bad at all. And some of the chiu-chow style soup noodles are good as well.

          Noodle City is not related to them - it's strictly vietnamese food.

          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
            silverlakebodhisattva Apr 2, 2007 05:18 PM

            As i said elsewhere, (in response to a post about some corporation trying a pale copy of this concept) this guy had, and has, a great concept, and has executed it with few goofs (the expansion to add "Boba World" was not necessarily a long-term good one...)and lots of tasty food. The array of condiments on the tables is among the things that made me think he was onto something. AND the place is kid-friendly, and adolescent-friendly, without being "dumbed down".

            Wish he'd sold shares, and I'd bought some...

            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
              bulavinaka Apr 2, 2007 05:25 PM

              Gee - I didn't think about the kid-friendly part - my kids spent alot of their gestation periods in mommy's tummy there... We'll have to take them to show where mommy dragged daddy almost every time after a doc's appt, and right after her false contractions! I'm sure they'll love the food too - they're both noodle fanatics... thanks!

              1. re: bulavinaka
                silverlakebodhisattva Apr 3, 2007 04:07 PM

                I'm guessing that if Mom spent a lot of time there pre-birth, she may passed to the kids a pre-natal taste, or at least a tolerance, for, garlic and pepper...

          2. re: WildSwede
            katkoupai Apr 2, 2007 05:27 PM

            I tried the Vietnamese spring rolls at the Alhambra Noodle World location today. I thought those were the ones Wild Swede was talking about, but it looks like she was talking about the Veggie Hand Rolls.

            Anyway, they were quite good. I enjoyed them. Although at $7 for 3 or them, I thought about Baguette du Jour, just a mile or two away, where I could get 2 of them for $2.50. So I got the ones from Noodle World for lunch, and the ones from Baguette du Jour for dinner. Quite good. :-)

            1. re: katkoupai
              bulavinaka Apr 2, 2007 05:55 PM

              I think you're paying for their overhead... I think like alot of places (especially chain-types), certain items are priced to sell (read small margin to achieve an attractive price point), others are priced to make money(now that we have you in here we need to make some money back with other things that we know you will order)... I hope that at least they were good...

              1. re: bulavinaka
                katkoupai Apr 2, 2007 06:02 PM

                Hi, bulavinaka, both sets of springs rolls were good. The ones at Noodle World had a bit more flavor, with the addition of both pork and shrimp. They were also a little more tightly wrapped. :)

                The ones at Baguette du Jour were also good. No pork, just shrimp, lettuce, rice noodles, a little cilantro and cucumber. Overall, I enjoyed both kinds, but I do think the Baguette du Jour version is a true bargain, that is also quite tasty, especially with hot sauce (the red chile sauce with seeds in it-- Sarachi, I think).

                The peanut sauce at Noodle World is better-- thicker, richer, more flavor. I don't like the peanut sauce at Baguette du Jour as much (too watery), but the spring rolls taste good without it. :)

                1. re: katkoupai
                  bulavinaka Apr 2, 2007 06:17 PM

                  Was at the Rose Market on Westwood on Friday picking up some more chickpea and rice cookies... they had the cucumber ice cream along with some others, but I didn't get a chance to ask about the flavors - they were pretty busy...

                  1. re: bulavinaka
                    katkoupai Apr 2, 2007 06:47 PM

                    That's great. You are lucky to be in that area. :) I have not tried the cucumber ice cream, but it sounds good. Next time I am in W. LA, I will definitely check Rose Market out. :)

                  2. re: katkoupai
                    WildSwede Apr 3, 2007 08:07 AM

                    Yes! The Veggie Hand Rolls. They are delicious! And, make yourself your own sauce (I use almost all the condiments they offer in mine and then add some of the peanut sauce that actually comes with it). Mixing the sauce is my job whenever we go! DEELISHUS!! ;-)

                    1. re: WildSwede
                      katkoupai Apr 3, 2007 12:12 PM

                      I will try the Veggie Hand Rolls next time I go to Noodle World. Thanks for the info. I also like to mix some of the sauces together-- the brown sauce and the red hot sauce-- learned that from a friend. :)

                      1. re: katkoupai
                        WildSwede Apr 3, 2007 02:55 PM

                        Great! I am willing to bet that you will never go back to the Vietnamese Hand Rolls, these are so good!! I use every condiment they have - even the vinegar from the one that has jalapenos in it!! Try it!!

              2. re: WildSwede
                DanaB Apr 3, 2007 04:19 PM

                I too have enjoyed Noodle World -- when I worked in Pasadena, I'd regularly get the Pad See-Ew, and in the years since I moved to a different work location, I still make the drive to Pasadena to satisfy the craving. Their pad see-ew is better than most Thai places, even those in Thai town.

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