Noodle bar - are there any?
We're looking for a good Asian noodle bar that serves straightforward, cheap, soup and pan-fried noodles - lo mein and or chow fun noodles. Please advise!
I don't think we have the noodle bar equivalent. I thought Tampopo was a noodle bar, but I found it too fussy and adulterated. Not bad tasting, but definitely someones personal interpretations of some typical noodle dishes. And to my horror they don't have ramen!!! Somebody change their name, quick!
If you are talking about old school places that serve simple, preferably homemade noodle in a homemade soup, broth, sauce I don't think you will find it here. (Maybe there is one in Chinatown? Please, help!)
There are lots of noodle shops around Guy-Concordia metro station (Concordia Ghetto, Chinatown deux, etc); but they are more into quantity and msg induced bloated umami than the art of noodle. But don't get me wrong, I eat at those places a lot (probably more frequently than I need); but I also regret my decision most of the time.
Among that bunch, Roi du Wonton seems to be my favorite these days; but I have yet to try their noodles. Too busy with their soups and dumplings. Rumor says, they are made to order. Perhaps that would be the closest one you can get, but I cannot vouch before trying. Mmm, I wonder what I should have for lunch tomorrow...
There's Dobe and Andy, which is a small "tea restaurant" (cha chaan teng) on St. Urbain right below Kam Fung. Their lunch specials are good by Montreal standards: $3.95 for a noodle soup and drink (lemon tea, milk tea, yuen yeung). They also have noodles, though it's been awhile since I've tried them.
Prêt à Manger is decent, too. It's in the Concordia ghetto but it's in a completely different league from the bad places nearby.
I'm not exactly sure what a noodle bar is, but Noodle Factory at 1018 st urbain (just past de la gauchetiere in chinatown) hand makes their noodles and dumplings and it might just be the best noodles that I've ever had. It's a small, simple restaurant with a couple tables at the front and friendly service. Also VERY good prices.
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