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Apr 10, 2013 12:39 PM

101 Noodle Express Opens In Monterey Park

101 Noodle Express opened up their flagship location in Atlantic Times Square. I believe this is the space originally occupied by Cafe Xpress, which only lasted a few months. All of your favorite 101 Noodle Express dishes are available here. But the difference is that there are also several dozen skewer items served, which results "+ Grill" being added to the restaurant name on the worker uniforms.. Everything from curry snails to honey squid to bamboo shoots to chicken hearts. By far the nicest and biggest location for this chain.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. I was at the Valley Blvd. location today. I'll have to check this location out soon. Any idea of the parking situation here?

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    1. re: JAB

      not bad during the day but typical chinese-plaza parking situation at night..

      think paseo parking but with the 626 community

    2. I was there for lunch last week. The restaurant is big, hip and clean, which is a complete opposite of their dingy and hole-in-the-wall Valley location. I had the shrimp and spinach fried dumplings. Pretty greasy, but had good flavor.

      1. Let me preface this by stating that I'm a regular at both the Alhambra and Irvine locations. I tried the Monterey Park location today and was extremely disappointed. No tea service, awkward staff interaction, an abbreviated lunch menu and subpar beef roll and dumplings in comparison to the other 2 locations that I frequent. In short, I'll drive right by this one on my way to Alhambra from now on for my lunches.

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        1. re: JAB

          maybe that's why it's been completely dead for a month and a half.

          perhaps the concept scales poorly, or perhaps this chef needs to get back his passport and get sent back.

          1. re: JAB

            Could you elaborate on "no tea service"?

              1. re: TonyC

                Yes, by the individual cup, not a pot.

            1. re: JAB

              I thought the beef rolls were centrally made.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Really? I thought only the dumplings (dine-in and frozen) and some of the to-go noodle items were centrally sourced.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Well, their website is indefinite. It says "101 Noodle Express boasts a central, factory-like kitchen to secure quality control of its franchises." I have heard the comment that the beef rolls in Fox Hills Mall were just as good as the SGV with the explanation referring to the central production, but I don't know how informed that comment was.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      The Fox Hills beef rolls aren't as good as they are in the SGV; less crisp, the beef perhaps less carefully braised. But they're great for Culver City.

                      1. re: condiment

                        Agree on Fox Hills Mall beef rolls - not even close. But rhat was a couple months after opening. They were making them on-site. We tried two or three times and stopped going after that - not worthy in our opinion. Any recent reports?