A sad piece of salmon, and money well spent at Relish Noodle Star

August 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm 4 comments

A sad piece of salmon, and money well spent at Relish Noodle Star

 

It’s Mr L’s birthday week and that is bad news if you’re the piece of salmon in our fridge, and you’re hoping to be eaten!  I won’t provide you with all the gory details of what’s been on the dinner menu this week, but I can tell you that it’s not been salmon – and it has been whatever Mr L has fancied. 

Tonight, the dinner we had that left the salmon sobbing in the fridge, came from Relish Noodle Star at Neutral Bay. 

Relish Noodle Star - 55 Military Road, Neutral Bay

Relish Noodle Star - 55 Military Road, Neutral Bay - taken from inside the restaurant. (Tricky and confusing, I know!)

We had been driving past this little noodle shop for a couple of years before we set foot inside.  We decided to visit a couple of months ago.  Tonight’s visit was our third.  I can summarise why:

1. Heard the phrase cheap and cheerful?  It is.  Both.  Tonight our dinner cost $30.40.  Every dish was delivered with a cheery smile by happy, respectful people.  Nice.

Cheap and cheerful - Relish Noodle Star knocked the salmon out of contention - again!

Cheap and cheerful - Relish Noodle Star knocked the salmon out of contention - again!

2. The menu is lengthy and for the most part, pictorial.  That appeals to Mr L, who some years ago, thought he might be particularly well suited to a career of menu consulting.  His general feeling was that restauranteurs should focus on using pictures to describe dishes – what better device to bridge the divide between languages? 

Alas, he did not pursue that line of work, but the admiration for the pictorial menu has not been lost, and those that cater to his preferred format win favour.

The menu is largely pictorial - and appealed to Mr L's consulting aspirations

The menu is largely pictorial - and appeals to Mr L's consulting aspirations

3. The food is freakin tasty.  A couple of examples follow:

– The steamed dim sims with light soy that we had for an entree were bursting with flavour.  There were four of them.  I think they cost us $3!  I have to admit – the sauce was so good that both Mr L and I picked up our little saucers and drank the remaining sauce!  Lady Flaxalot would have been proud!

Four flavoursome dim sims for less than a fiver!

Four flavoursome dim sims for less than a fiver!

 This shot’s for you Lady Flaxalot:

No dim sims here!  (Mum - if you're reading - of COURSE we didn't pick up the plates and drink the remaining sauce!)

No dim sims here! (Mum - if you're reading - of COURSE we didn't pick up the plates and drink the remaining sauce!)

– The Szechuan beef came with loads of red and green capsicum and onion to technically satisfy “the Mrs Chick three or more vegetables must be had for dinner” test (will tell you about that another time) – while the sauce wasn’t as good as the fabled sauce at North Ryde Chinese Kitchen, overall, the beef was juicy, the veggies fresh, and the dish was pretty good.

The beef - succulent and colourful

The beef - succulent and colourful

– For the second time (and the first time was last time), we ordered pork chops in peking sauce.  They are like salt and pepper pork chops, but instead of having salt and pepper on them, they swim in peking sauce.  They were so good that we had to negotiate on the last pork chop.

Pork chops in peking sauce - the kind of dish the GFD and my Dad would like - all meat, where veggies should be - on the side as a garnish!

Pork chops in peking sauce - the kind of dish the GFD and my Dad would like - all meat. Where veggies featured, they were where they should be (according to said men in my family) - on the side as a garnish!

– With each of the mains, we got big bowls of fluffy, white boiled rice.

We ate less than one of our generously proportioned bowls of rice

We ate less than one of our generously proportioned bowls of rice

4. I mentioned Relish Noodle Star is cheap and cheerful, but really – the portions are huge, they give you free tea, and water and they are such good, honest people that they just don’t want you to leave them a tip!  Did I mention that we got all that dinner for $30.40?

Tea for two for free - sounds good to me!

Tea for two for free - sounds good to me!

By the time we left, the whole restaurant was full.  There were also people that streamed in and out the whole time we were there picking up takeaway orders, and the phone was ringing off the hook.  Clearly it’s a badly kept secret!

We’ve now assembled a group of people in our minds that would love this place – look out because you’re likely to be one of them – if you’re eating with Mr L and me, you may well find yourself eating at Relish Noodle Star…

Oh – and if the salmon in the fridge is reading this – keep the faith… You have not been forgotten, but I wouldn’t hold your breath for a gurnsey tomorrow night – it’s tennis night, and I reckon the birthday boy has a spag bol on his radar!

 

The low down

Relish Noodle Star is located at 55 Military Road, Neutral Bay  NSW  2089.  There is no need to book – just rock up.  You can even wear your trackies!  More info at True Local.

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Entry filed under: Cheap n cheerful, Dinner, Good Food Dude, sydney.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The elder Mr L.  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:49 am

    “Pork chops in peking sauce – the kind of dish the GFD and my Dad would like – all meat. Where veggies featured, they were where they should be (according to said men in my family) – on the side as a garnish!”

    As another man in your family, I agree with the others!

    Reply
    • 2. myfavouritefruits  |  September 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

      Yes Elder Mr L – you would have very much enjoyed this dish.. You must accompany us to this establishment – those pork chops are far better in real life!

      Reply
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