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SO and I were in Westwood yesterday trying to decide where to have lunch when someone pulled out of a parking space, so we took it. Street parking is hard to find there. We went to Noodle Planet. We had been there twice before and I didn't like it because we had to stand in long lines, try to quickly decide what to have from the steam table selections or the menu that I didn't have memorized. Yesterday we found the steam table and lines are gone. You are now seated and given a menu.

The restaurant is big, bright, cheerful, busy and noisy. Cash only.

The food is Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Large menu.

He had a Chinese dish, chow fun noodles with sliced beef and veges. A little spicy. Delicious. I had Vietnamese charbroiled shrimp and egg rolls served on rice vermicelli noodles with basil, cilantro, chopped peanuts, pickled veges and a dipping sauce for the egg rolls. Delicious. Thai ice coffee and a Coke. There was enough leftover for lunch today. We also ordered Won Ton and Noodle soup and egg rolls to have for dinner last night. Very good. The bill came to $37.24 before the tip and we had lunch and dinner, and lunch again today.

We now have a new favorite restaurant outside of Chinatown.

Noodle Planet, 1118 Westwood Blvd., L. A., down the street from UCLA. There is another location at 700 West Valley Blvd., Alhambra. I think they're also in Pasadena.

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  1. I've been there. I thought their food was not so good. Their Japanese udon was not very good, and they didn't do their Chinese noodles very well either.

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    1. re: WHills

      stick with the thai menu items: noodle soups, pan-fried spaghetti/noodles, fried rice, pork chop rice

      1. re: WHills

        Noodle Planet is bit like an Asian Cheesecake Factory: a bit one-dimensional, but pretty good at being that. It is not a foodie heaven, but the food isn't bad and the atmosphere is generally festive and the menu is fun. Take it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.

      2. I'm surprised people are being so kind here. Give it time...

        It is SOOOO greasy. The service at every location I've been to is pretty bad. The service thing tends stick out more when you are somewhere like Old Town Pasadena. (FYI the Pasadena version goes under their Boba World name).

        All that said, I do have a soft spot for their spicy yakisoba. Everything else is pretty blah.

        1. I ditto the rec. Most of the people that work there are thai so thats their speciality. I would describe the service as no non-sense. You basically go, order , pay then leave. Pretty straight forward. The prices are very reasonable and their thai dishes have great flavor.

          1. We love Noodle World and Noodle Planet for what they are, which is basically Asian street/noodle stall food brought indoors in a somewhat nicer building. Are their japanese noodles not very subtle and nuanced? Yeah. Is any of what they do "fine dining"? Nah.
            It's still really tasty, cheap, and they do what they do really well. I've never been disappointed.

            1. i dont want to put down this restaurant because i think chowhound has some kind of policy regarding certain aspects of a restaurant.... BUT out of curosity, does anyone know if ownership changed? we used to frequent this spot back in the day, but haven't gone back.... i'm wondering if ownership changed or anything so that we can try it out again if we so choose.... thanks! =)

              and good to know that you enjoyed it there =)

              1. this place is the denny's of asian noodles. a mainstay for UCLA students. back in the day i was all over the joint. but that had nothing to do with the quality of the food lol...

                well, stick to the thai or chinese stuff at least... the noodle planet enterprise is thai or thai-chinese owned, from my understanding. at least it was. don't know about now. their pho is horrendous, and i don't even want to think about their japanese entrees.

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                1. re: rameniac

                  "the denny's of asian noodles"...love that. i haven't set foot in years. food just isn't good imo.

                  1. re: rameniac

                    "the denny's of asian noodles"

                    Actually, the Valley location used to be a Bob's Big Boy!

                  2. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience there. I have not been exceptionally impressed with the Noodle World/Noodle Planet in Alhambra. The noodles are OK, but you can get much better noodles at specialized restaurants. On the other hand, if you're going with a bunch of friends, at least you have a large selection.

                    When everything is said and done, all that matters is that you like it.

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                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      Everyone is right, it is what it is. I know it isn't the best in town, but on our quest to find the best, we've had so much bad Chinese and Thai, Noodle Planet was a treat. So many disappointments recently,

                      We're going through Mandarin Deli withdrawal and hoping to find soup that compares with theirs. We always ordered the won ton and noodle soup with pork and veges, and the fried dumplings. Both were delicious.

                      I appreciate all of your comments. You're so right.