Review- 777 Noodle House
- Dagney Mar 14, 2010 12:13 AM
This is a new place located at 4686 University Avenue. They are open from 8 am to 9 pm. The interior of the space is completely overhauled. There is parking in the back.
I walked in this morning around 0930. I was greeted immediately in a friendly and efficient manner by the proprietor. I asked him if I could order something to go. "Yes, of course," he replied as he handed me a menu and offered me a chair. The restaurant was clean and tidy.
I ordered the Thai style Spicy Beef Noodles. My order took the appropriate amount of time to cook, so I knew they did not have a cheapy steam table set up hidden in the back.
My noodles were tasty! Copious amounts of savory freshly sauteed basil were off-set by sweet red and green bell pepper, with just enough kick, but not so much that I could not enjoy the flavors of the dish. The beef was tender and lean. The noodles were cooked well, not to al denteThe dish was cooked in a tad more oil than I prefer, but the flavors were so rich that I forgave the extra oil. My noodles cost $6.95.
777 has a few items I have never tried, such as fried yams and leek cakes. The prices are reasonable and the parking is plentiful (for City Heights parking standards).
There is a Chinese fast food place next door, which serves Chinese food, AND Louisiana Style Fried Chicken.
All in all, a positive experience and I will return.
It should be noted that the owners are Cambodian, of Chinese ethnicity. And the menu reflects the "Chaozhou" aka Chiu Chow background. You can get a few Chinese-Cambodian dishes, but if you're expecting Hmong style food, you'll not find it here.
I did think the regular Hu Tieu Nam Vong (aka Phnom Penh Noodles) was good, but get it with the soup on the side (aka "dry", "kho"), which I thoguht was better. Hao Vi, Maxim's, and I believe Cam Ky also make versions of this dish. But the version at 777 does not include the usual offal.
Trieu Cau across the street is also Cambodian owned, of Chinese descent.