Big Beef Bowl
Big Beef Bowl serves up exactly what its name implies - homemade Lanzhou-style beef noodles in big bowls. The super-small restaurant near Yonge and Finch seats around ten. The Bruce Lee painting hanging on one of the walls is a nice touch.
You can choose from six different types of noodle thickness here. Come during mealtimes and you'll see the staff vigorously pull, slam, and stretch the noodles by hand. It truly is dinner and a show.
From the non-noodle section of the menu, the Purple Cabbage Salad ($1.99) comes seasoned with Japanese vinegar, sugar, salt, and a drizzle of sesame oil. It's fragrant and light.
The Chili Cumin Lamb skewers ($3.99) are worth ordering - tender with just the right amount of spice.
The King Oyster Mushroom skewers ($1.99) are lightly seasoned with salt and chilli and are delightfully tasty.
The Spicy Corn with Cheese ($2.99) is a bit of a revelation. The corn comes generously seasoned with spicy chili flakes and mozzarella. It's definitely a decadent snack.
The Braised Beef Brisket Noodle ($7.99) with medium flat noodles are slightly al dente with just the right amount of chew. The broth is less thick than what you might find at a ramen shop but is no less delicious. The brisket is tender and tasty.
The Meat Sauce Noodles ($7.99) comes served sans broth. I choose the large flat noodles and the result is a dish that's not unlike a deconstructed Chinese lasagna. The massive flat noodles are fantastically chewy and the sauce consisting of seasoned pork makes this comfort food on a plate.
As Lanzhou-style noodles become more prevalent in the city, it's nice to see Big Beef Bowl serving up high quality versions of this classic yet underrated Chinese dish.