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101 Noodle Express Opens In Monterey Park

Chandavkl Apr 10, 2013 12:39 PM

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.

  1. JAB Apr 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    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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      TonyC Apr 17, 2013 03:08 PM

      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.

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        andytseng Apr 17, 2013 03:37 PM

        Could you elaborate on "no tea service"?

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          TonyC Apr 17, 2013 03:48 PM

          you gotta pay for tea.

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            JAB Apr 17, 2013 04:13 PM

            Yes, by the individual cup, not a pot.

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          Chandavkl Apr 17, 2013 03:40 PM

          I thought the beef rolls were centrally made.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            JAB Apr 17, 2013 04:14 PM

            Really?

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              ipsedixit Apr 17, 2013 07:09 PM

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

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                Chandavkl Apr 17, 2013 07:40 PM

                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.

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                  condiment Apr 18, 2013 02:54 PM

                  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.

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                    bulavinaka Apr 18, 2013 10:45 PM

                    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?

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            granadafan Apr 10, 2013 07:51 PM

            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. JAB Apr 10, 2013 12:48 PM

              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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                blimpbinge Apr 10, 2013 01:11 PM

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

                think paseo parking but with the 626 community

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                  Chandavkl Apr 10, 2013 01:18 PM

                  And don't mention weekends!

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