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Nov 10, 2013 10:11 PM

Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

In the Louie California Cuisine location. Anybody know anything about this?

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  1. I don't know anything about it. But has the construction in front finally completed? That was noise and barrier part of Louie's going under.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I've left a message at that number, thanks.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        When I walked by last week (Tuesday), the construction was not completed.

        1. re: Dave MP

          the construction is done and they're opened ..... not a lot of activity there when I walked by on Sunday at 12:30

      3. There's a window in the front that allows you to see them making noodles. A woman was rolling out dough with a long dowel-like rolling pin, and then cutting them into noodles with what looks like a hybrid between a cleaver and a paper cutter. Well worth a detour to see someone make noodles by hand!

        I'm not sure what their hours are--- no menus are posted outside and it's not open at 11am.

        1. So, who's eaten here?

          Oolong Noodles
          646 Washington St
          San Francisco, CA
          (415) 986-2737

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Ooolong Noodles has the same owner as Kaka Udon Kitchen on Franklin St., where I had an unfavorable experience. I decided to take one for the team anyway, and was pleasantly surprised. I had something called "Hokkaido Scallop Noodles Soup" and the noodles, broth and toppings all impressed me favorably.

            Incidentally, as for the strange "Oolong Noodles" name, I discovered that the Chinese name, "Wu Long Mian" is actually an alternative translation for "udon noodles." So that's what it is, an udon noodle house.

            There's also a range of sushi and grilled items to accompany your udon, but I didn't try any of these.


            1. re: soupçon

              I've seen udon translated at "wu long mian" in Taiwan. Is that where the owner is from?

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              I went there for lunch on one of the days of the Chinese New Year flower festival.
              There were quite a few diners, but not crowded. The restaurant is quite roomy. While I like the food, the service was quite slow.

              I had the Japanese beef noodle, was quite surprise the beef was a soy braise beef, similar to what my mom makes. Also had the enoki beef roll, which I quite liked.

              1. re: gnomatic

                Thanks to you both for the datapoints. Sounds like we've got a winner on our hands. Interesting point about the name. As soupçon knows, this location housed a Japanese restaurant long ago. And now it does again. Are the shoji panels still there?

                I can't make out the menu fully, but I am impressed that there are 25 choices. Are the blurry prices in the $8 to $10 range?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I honestly didn't pay that much attention to the decor (I'm not Michael Bauer). I didn't notice any shoji panels, but the woody accents still abound.

                  The hand-made udon bowls ranged from $7.50 to $10.50 IIRC. The "Hokkaido Scallops Noodles" I had were at the top price.

                  I think the menus are new since the pic was taken. I had a colorful glossy spiral-bound menu at lunchtime. They may have fine-tuned the prices.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    The menu was was a spiral bound book with around 3 pages? There is definitely a page of appetizer as well..though I did not recall seeing the sushi menu (I remember that 'cause I was craving sushi). I only got a picture of the noodle page (it was quite dark in there for my camera phone).

                    The interior is still very much in the japanese style. I recall dark wood, red walls, big paper lantern.

                    Oolong Noodle House is on grubhub (I haven't ordered from them). The menu is available with prices here: