No.1 Beef Noodle House 京園牛肉麵Posted: 02/23/2012
Whoo, Reading Week finally! For me it’s more like Eating and Sleeping Week…wait, that’s pretty much all I do during regular school time anyway, haha. In any case, I had a midterm the Friday before Reading Week and ended up blowing off my last class to shop a little, watch a movie (This Means War--not quite memorable, but it was nice to see they’d filmed in Vancouver), and have dinner with SB. We’re both quite money-conscious (translate that to…broke) and ended up going down to No. 1. Sadly it was just the two of us and we weren’t particularly hungry so this will be quite a short post!
We were seated at a table so close to the door we might as well have been seated outside. I try not to buy into that “Asian restaurants have crap service” stereotype but yup, that was what happened here. There were three servers who brought us our water, utensils, and food with no comment. They didn’t even refill our water once. The place was semi-busy, and a lot of the time I looked near the counter to see the waitresses standing around talking or texting. They also watched us leave without any sort of thank you or goodbye… I realize most of the clientele probably doesn’t expect or even want (?) great service, but honestly, service like that does not make me want to come back, unless the food is phenomenal. And, well…
Considering the place is called No. 1 Beef Noodle House, I’d expect the beef noodles to be AMAZING. Well..SB had the Beef Brisket Noodle in Soup, and he was less than impressed. He let me try a little of the soup and all I could really taste was oil. He thought that it was a mediocre effort at best, with too much MSG, and the beef wasn’t brisket… the portion size was also a bit small for him, but then again, he eats more than most people, so that’s just as well. The noodles themselves were quite chewy, but the broth was lacking–for a place that calls themselves No. 1, they should probably step it up a bit.
I had the Crispy Salty Peppery Chicken and Noodle in Soup. And once again I was seriously underwhelmed. The chicken was neither crispy, salty, nor peppery. It didn’t seem like it’d been fried right away and was just limp and bland…no real flavour whatsoever. The chicken pieces themselves were tendon-y and a bit too heavy on the batter, and were served less warm than I would prefer. The accompanying noodles were alright, nothing too memorable, but they were cooked properly and the choy was fresh and tasted as it should. To be honest though, I would have preferred more chicken–I finished all of the noodles and most of the chicken, and I’m not really a big eater.
We were feeling quite cheap after watching our movie (why didn’t we go on half-price Tuesdays at Cineplex??) and didn’t have anything to drink but water. To summarize though, we were disappointed by our dishes and the service, and would probably go somewhere else another time.
No. 1 Beef Noodle House 京園牛肉麵
4741 Willingdon Ave