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Published February 2nd 2014
Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle gives Brisbanites a quality late night dining option
1. The location Fat Noodle is located in the former Café 21 space at Treasury Casino, meaning that diners are given the option of balcony seating to people watch over Queen Street. This is a luxurious summer option, especially when accompanied by one of the menu's refreshing cocktails or fresh juices. (The ginger lemonade is a delicious thirst-quencher.)
The decadent décor is distinctively Asian with fringed lampshades draping from high ceilings and an impressive, silhouetted bar area. This lushness contributes to the all-encompassing eating experience.
From the tender and succulent wok tossed beef with lemongrass, vermicelli noodles, nuts and Vietnamese herbs to the satisfaction of the roasted duck with egg noodle, tamarind plum sauce and rich chicken broth, main meals are of generous size and tantalising freshness. Dishes are all reasonably priced and showcase the menu's use of quality ingredients like Angus raised beef and sustainably caught Australian seafood.
4. The service Though this is a busy eatery, service is efficient, beginning with a complimentary herbal tea served in cast iron tea pot. In authentic Asian market style, food is served as prepared, but all arrives at tables promptly, as testament to the efficient kitchen on display to diners.
5. The hours Fat Noodle has received some mixed reviews since opening its doors in Brisbane, but for a quick or a late night dining option (post QPAC perhaps), it remains an excellent choice. Although tables cannot be booked, the communal dining sections mean that a wait is never too long to experience its pleasures of the palate.