The tempting full-colour menu on the front window draws you in, and you are hooked the moment the manager greets you with a warm and welcoming smile.
Noodle Broadbeach was cloned from the successful Noodle Southport and offers the same popular menu, which is expertly prepared in Hong Kong style by an experienced Chinese and Malaysian crew.
Steamed chicken, beef brisket, BBQ pork, cuttlefish balls, curried beef, deep fried squid, wontons, and chicken wings will appeal to most palates. The more adventurous might try the pork liver or pork intestine.
The mini Spring Rolls are a pleasant surprise, as the first bite provides a satisfying crunch as the light crispy wrapping gives way to the soft filling hidden inside. The lemon-flavoured dipping sauce adds something new to an old favourite.
Every person who comes through the door is greeted warmly and made to feel welcome, and a sense of calm seems to envelope every new arrival. Orders are taken and delivered quickly and efficiently, with no fuss.
You are free to sit wherever you like, and help yourself to as much Chinese tea as you wish. You can even bring a bottle of wine and there is no corkage charge.
All menu items are available as eat-in or takeaway, and listed in English, Cantonese and Japanese. Sample pricing: Roast Duck Noodle Soup ($12.90), Won Ton Noodle Soup ($11.80), Combination BBQ on rice ($14.50), Spring Rolls (4 for $6.80).
A regular patron commented that the Cuttlefish Balls were 'a bit chewy', but that did not stop him from asking for a doggy bag. His teenaged son smothered his food in the light soy sauce and was not a fan of the soup broth, so the very lightly-flavoured dishes may not please all palates. In fact, it was just a little disappointing that the broth lacked the depth of flavour one comes to expect from a good master stock.
It might not suit all tastes, but this little noodle shop will continue to generate a steady stream of regular clientele. The friendly staff, comfortable and modern décor, easy parking, fresh food, and budget-friendly prices make it a winner for lunch or dinner.