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Noodleholic

Posted by Jane Manning / Reviewed on July 15, 2010 / review policy

NoodleholicNoodleholic is a brand new specialty noodle house that opened two weeks ago in upper Roncesvalles Village. It's an interesting concept dedicated to all things Asian in the land of rice and noodles. The decor is modern Asian and the staff is efficient and friendly.

NoodleholicWe are presented with an order form and attempt the daunting task of choosing from a list of almost sixty variations of dishes! Make sure you ask a lot of questions since the menu isn't very descriptive.

NoodleholicWe start with the Szechuan Green Beans which have been stir-fried with garlic, chili and soya sauce. Nothing fancy, the beans are cooked through and still retain their colour. This is a good thing since I don't like my green beans crunchy or raw. The dish isn't too salty and not too hot but there is plenty of hot sauce on each table for those who like it that way. ($3.75)

NoodleholicThe budget-friendly Pan Fried Dumplings are up next (6 pieces for $3.75). We order the chicken dumplings and the dish arrives piping hot and in good time. Stir-fried to golden perfection our order comes with a watery soya sauce for dipping. They are plump and crispy with a good amount of filling.

NoodleholicMy monochrome Beef Pad Thai arrives with banh pho rice noodles buried under a mound of beef, tofu, bean sprouts and egg. There's no evidence of tamarind paste - just fish sauce, a few scallions and a bit too much vegetable oil. Nevertheless, it tasted great but could have used some veggies for colour and garnish. ($7.75)

In contrast to this, the Spicy Szechuan Rice with chicken (top photo) is brimming with veggies. Baby corn, red peppers, carrots and broccoli make this a healthy choice. I lean over and steal some veggies from my companion since I'm feeling vitamin deficient. It's tasty and not too spicy and very filling. ($7.75) We take lots of leftovers home for the next day.

NoodleholicNoodleholic also offers various Ramen Noodle soups, teriyakis, curries and Kung Pao. There's no liquor licence. Open Monday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Discussion

20 Comments

Rob / July 17, 2010 at 12:15 am
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Is this where Simply Nosh was?
is it the same owner/chef?
5andman / July 17, 2010 at 11:43 am
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Do they do take out?
MsMarvelGirl / July 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm
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Yes, they do take out. :)
Good quality plastic containers for travel, too.
BobM / July 17, 2010 at 01:23 pm
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Ate at new Noodleholic (Dundas West @ Roncesvalles) just last night. The service was excellent and the food was fresh and well preparad.

The Pad Thai with tiger prawns was excellent (definitely not just another noodle dish with ketchup) as was the vegetarian curry with pineapple over egg noodles.

Excellent value if you're looking for cheap and cheerful (dinner for two for around 20 dollars).

The west facing eatery wasn't unbearably hot even in early evening sun but the owners would be wise to invest in a higher capacity air conditioner.

Minty / July 17, 2010 at 04:09 pm
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Yum!! This looks delicious!! Going tonight.
Colin / July 17, 2010 at 05:30 pm
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Ooooh, this is just up the street from me! I'll have to go!
air / July 17, 2010 at 06:56 pm
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I miss B!
MikeR / July 18, 2010 at 11:06 am
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great review! i'll be sure to check this place out very soon!
LJ replying to a comment from Rob / July 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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yes its where Simply Nosh used to be and no this isn't owned or run by Chef Steven.
lorna / July 18, 2010 at 06:58 pm
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Every second restaurant in that opens in this city is Asian cuisine. Enough already !!!!
Lets represent more of the rich variety of other international cooking traditions!
Restaurant in San Francisco / July 19, 2010 at 10:13 am
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Like many Japanese noodles, soba noodles are often served drained and chilled in the summer, and hot in the winter with a soy-based dashi broth. Extra toppings can be added onto both hot and cold soba. Toppings are chosen to reflect the seasons and to balance with other ingredients. Most toppings are added without much cooking, although some are deep-fried. Most of these dishes may also be prepared with udon.

Thanks
Restaurant in San Francisco
BRIAN / July 20, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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I take the streetcar past this place everyday! I can't wait to try it out today because I AM a NooooooodleHOLIC!
aaron / July 20, 2010 at 09:25 pm
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I tried this place tonight and it is bland and not very good at all. Portions are big if that's your thing but the dumplings were soggy and greasy and the pad thai cannot be compared at all to the best thai in the city... which is hands down Sukhothai.
Ryan / August 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm
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Food seemed to be prepared by someone with a lack of taste, or a very bad one. The noodles in my "noodle " dish seemed to be competing with the sprouts. They over did it with what ever they were trying to use to make the meat taste good. It was a weird acidy taste to the beef. The only consistent thing was that it tasted exactly like the chicken. We ate like, 5% of it they asked if we we had a problem. Then charged us the full price! Gimme a break, this was crap food! The corn had a tinny taste,as in fresh "outa da can". But as usual its all about gettin' the money, and not satisfying the customer.
THIS FOOD WAS BAD.
Never again and I hope they think the $25 they ripped me for was worth the bad review.
Amytron / August 16, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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I ordered the 'spicy teryaki' egg noodles on Saturday night and the 6 dumplings.

I received 10 dumplings (and was charged for them), when I stated twice I wanted only 6. They were ok. Not the best dumpling, but at least they were freshly cooked.

The noodles looked good. Lots of veges, and they were fresh.... but the flavouring was bland, and not like tereyaki at all. I'm beginning to think the chef completely forgot to add the sauce.

I poked at the noodles for a while hoping some flavour was hiding somewhere, but nope, no such luck. The noodles are now sitting in my fridge, and I will try and jazz them up for dinner myself. Won't be going back there, which is a real shame, as its directly across from my home, so convenient.
bailey replying to a comment from air / October 3, 2010 at 05:19 pm
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I KNOW!! they were supposed to open up somewhere else. :( but they still havent!
bunny / October 25, 2010 at 11:12 am
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All I have to say is that I can make instant ramen at home for much cheaper.
Chacho / April 23, 2011 at 07:59 pm
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I like this place. Reasonably priced & friendly service. It's an easy go to choice for a budget meal in the immediate area.
Don / June 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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Great tasting food, cheap price & excellent service. My order is always ready within 10 minutes, so I am always here to eat night and day or even pick up when I'm in a hurry. What more could you ask for from a restaurant? I am a regular customer here and will always be.
RC / January 23, 2014 at 11:41 am
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For $6 specials, you really can't go wrong. It's good tasting food, great service, at a good price. Definitely a regular.

It's not fine dining. A review above was talking about 'outa da can' corn. Dude, it's a $6.50 meal, before tax.

I work at a large company nearby and it's a staple for us. I'm going today for lunch. I def recommend. Free wifi too.

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