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Jul 13, 2011 12:40 PM

Are the best Chinese Noodles in Las Vegas NOT in Chinatown...

There have been a lot of threads over the years concerning the best noodles to be found in the "Chinatown" area, but the there is a new player on the scene that is every bit as good as anything we have had elsewhere in Las Vegas, and shows the potential to be even better. But they are a long way from Chinatown - Beijing Noodle Cafe at 4130 Sandhill (southeast corner off of Flamingo, formerly the "Long Life" vegetarian Chinese restaurant). They are doing it right, from hand-pulling noodles out in the main part of the restaurant in evenings, to even allowing us back into the kitchen to see some "knife-sliced" wide noodles directly into the pot. The quality of the noodles has been supplemented by a similar quality control over the other ingredients on visits so far, and after opening with a smaller menu their full array of offerings will begin this weekend (apparently five different kinds of noodles).

Here is why there is so much reason for optimism - the owner/manager is the wife of the head noodle maker at Beijing Noodle #9 at Caesar's Palace. That brings some experience and savvy to the processes, all the while at a location that also means prices less than half of what you would pay for similar dishes at #9. Their location will not generate the same buzz as if they were somewhere along Spring Mountain, but it does also mean a pretty captive audience because of the lack of oriental options on the east side of town.

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  1. Sounds promising!

    I notice that you didn't mention any of the dishes. Anything in particular excite you?

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      The beef noodle soup was the first try, as it usually is for such an establishment. Nice flavor development, with star anise coming across a bit more than we usually find, in addition to the quality of the noodles. Today's lunch was simply called "mushroom noodle" - wide flat noodles with several different kinds of mushrooms and some diced pork. It was nice to see a variety of mushrooms in play because it brought some different flavors and textures to each bite. A winner that will be ordered again. Now looking forward to the "full menu" roll-out, although note that they do have the usual gamut of non-noodle options. The current menu does not have anything over $8.95 (their shrimp dishes), and none of the noodle dishes are more than $6.95. The price points may be a concession to the location, which ultimately works out well for the consumer.

    2. Do they have a web site? Menu? Something??

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      1. re: sockster

        It will likely be a while before they have a web-site, if indeed they do at all. Just a "Mom and Pop" operation in an old strip mall in which spoken English is limited. Of course there is an upside to this - the lack of "frills" brings the corresponding favorable price points.