Noodle Factory - Dubai
Time Out Says
Unfortunately, lowered standards and all, The Noodle Factory – a chain that has recently swept through Dubai’s malls – makes for a poor dining choice. One of its mistakes is the menu: it looks too promising. Items like steamed Peking seafood ravioli and spicy miso-glazed chicken elevate hopes. When ordering, I thought I might be pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t. The wrapping on an order of mushroom and bamboo spring rolls resembled heavy artillery. I practically had to play tug of war with my teeth to break into it, and after a couple of bites I felt exhausted. This wasn’t a meal, it was a battle – and I was losing. I barely wanted to look at the crispy black bean chicken wontons that followed, and once I did I immediately regretted it. The golden hue and tough feel told me the kitchen had been a little over-enthusiastic with the deep fryer. When I finally tore through the helmet of dough, I detected no trace of black bean – just some clumpy, tasteless grey matter that I assumed to be chicken.
Mains didn’t fare much better. My date’s ramen with wok-fried veggies was drearily bland. In its favour, the bits of asparagus and cabbage floating in the broth were a vibrant green – a sign that, at the very least, they were properly cooked. But the soup itself was little more than boiled water and a pinch of salt. My spicy miso-glazed chicken was equally poor. It, too, was fried, and tasted nothing like miso. Instead, it possessed the kind of flavourless heat that saturates a bad order of buffalo wings.
The thought of dessert depressed me. I didn’t want to fight with any more food, especially a type of cuisine that I usually love. What crueler fate could await a sweet, unassuming banana than for it to be covered in a maliciously tough coating and hacked at by yours truly? I decided to just settle up and make a very hasty retreat.
The bill (for two)
1x Small bottle water Dhs10
1x Spring rolls Dhs30
1x Chicken wontons Dhs29
1x Ramen noodle Dhs36
1x Miso chicken Dhs49
1x Steamed rice Dhs15
By Daisy Carrington | 07 Sep 2009
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