Although romance for my partner and I began simply and humbly in this little eatery located within the Prince Centre complex on Thomas Street in Sydney's Chinatown, ours was also forged, as they say in this part of the world, auspiciously, intensified and sated by the delightful discovery of an authentic flavoursome favourite.
Going by the no-nonsense moniker of Chinese Noodle Restaurant, customers come thick and fast for a hit of, dare I say it, the best handmade noodles in the entire Sydney metropolitan area. Like us, many are regulars amongst whom you'll find some of Sydney's most die-hard foodies.
It's a cheerful place, a perpetual hive of ordered chaos (and noise) and efficient service. Orders are taken before you're seated, and on the busiest days (Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays), you'll find noodle lovers on parked communal benches outside impatiently awaiting and eagerly anticipating No. 1 ("Fried hand-made noodles") or, in our case, No. 4 ("Combination hand-made noodles").
Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Prince Centre, Haymarket (Chinatown, Sydney)
The menu is uncomplicated, prominently displayed by the door alongside a Good Living article touting this small and unassuming eatery. I'm sure my partner and I have tried most of the menu items over the past decade or more (not divulging my age). Our favourite remains No. 4.
The format hasn't changed a bit over the years. Customers still get a fulfilling view of the "man" expertly kneading, shaping and cutting noodles via a window to the kitchen and the Chinese tea is still complementary. Take away and BYO are welcomed.
Chinese Noodle Restaurant is conveniently located within spitting distance to Market City (which houses Paddy's Market) and all the noise, grit and thrills of Chinatown, Darling Harbour and the CBD.
Try it on the busiest days (Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays), these noodles seem just that much heartier and yummier amidst the madding crowd, not to mention the formica tables and fake vine leaves overhanging.
Been there done that, you need to get out of the city mate :)
Best Hand Made Noodles, hands down, is in Ashfield at the XinJiang Hand Made Noodle restaurant. There was another franchise of it in the city near UTS Ultimo but that's no longer around. I've been there so often but I always get either the first item on the menu (Amazingly tasty hand made noodles with beef in broth) or the fried hand made noodles. The Lamb skewers are also worth checking out but if you can't handle the heat, let them know.
By miran2 - reader Wednesday, 20th of April @ 09:42 pm
I love this place! Thoroughly recommended.
By alana13 - reader Thursday, 21st of April @ 01:13 am
I haven't tryied this place but am an avid fan of noodles/ dumpling houses. Best places to recommend would be Chinese Noodle and dumpling house, Kingsford and Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Prince Centre
Thomas Street, Haymarket, Just across the traffic island and about a 2 min walk from market city.
By wintersky - reader Thursday, 21st of April @ 02:23 pm