Those of you who live here or are familiar with Brighton will know that West Street is about the last place you’d go if you wanted something lovely to eat. For those of you who aren’t: think the English, downsized version of some revolting ‘strip’ in somewhere like Magaluf/Kavos or similar. Chav central, full of shit bars and vile kebab shops.
So imagine my surprise late last year when i walked past a new restaurant, on Chav Street, selling one of my favourite types of food EVER.
From the outside it looks like nothing much at all, I’m always very dubious of anywhere that has pictures on the menu, but I need not have been concerned. The restaurant seats about 25 at small tables or on high stools at counters around the edge. During my 30 minute visit they turned over all of the tables at least once and I was heartened to see that I was the only English person in there- always a good sign of authenticity.
Noodles soup, bar a few side dishes like gyoza, spring rolls, wontons etc, that’s all they sell, and believe me, from the constant stream of people in and out (incl people waiting outside for tables) it’s all they need to do and they do it well.
I’m pretty sure that the meat isn’t high welfare so I I plumped for the Spicy Korean noodle soup with roast duck (is there such a thing as battery-farmed duck?) .
It arrived in a huge bowl within 10 minutes of me ordering and was absolutely delicious. The stock was meaty and just the right side of spicy. They offer various chilli oils etc on the side and I added some to mine cos I like it really hot, I’d say it would be OK as is for those who can take a bit of heat, but probably not the once if you’re strictly a korma type of person.
There was a generous sized portion of noodles, I just took what they gave me but I’m sure you’d be able to substitute for Udon or whatever if you wanted. The Pak choi was al dente and seemed as though it was cooked to order rather than just sitting around sweating in a steamer for ages, and the chilli and spring it was garnished gave a lovely additional texture too.
For me, the only thing that was missing was an soft boiled egg, that would’ve been lovely, but I will happily go back (again and again) without them and I’ve raved about it to anyone who will listen. All dishes are around the £8 mark, very reasonable I think considering the size and the quality.
I took a surreptitious photo of the guy sitting next to me’s laksa, it looked bangin’ too.
Have you tried Noodles Soup yet? What did you think? Is there anywhere else good in Brighton for Noodles Soup? Tweet me or comment below, I always love to hear from you all x