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SRAVASTI DATTA
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Eating Out The fare at Noodle Bar is a combination of the best Oriental preparations

Exotic spicesAnd kind to vegetarians and non-vegetarians
Exotic spicesAnd kind to vegetarians and non-vegetarians

If mind-boggling variety surprises you, wait till you taste the fare at Noodle Bar. Not a single dish can be labelled as Chinese, Thai or Malay, for it really is a unique mix of every Far East preparation under the sun. Upon entering Noodle Bar, the aroma of exotic spices wafts through and the tables laid with wine red table cloths are inviting. We are served a variety of mocktails; some of which include frozen virgin margarita and berry berry Micheal. The eight treasure soup is ordered first. This classic Oriental soup is a swirl of vegetables, chicken and prawns with a hint of burnt garlic.

Next up are the starters that range from fried spring rolls to freshly steamed dumplings. The deep fried crystal prawn dumplings served with Wasabi sauce is the sort of dish that takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you would find yourself ordering for more. The melt-in-the-mouth Corn Curd topped with black bean will make you wonder aloud: “What is this prepared from?” And just when you are told it is a fairly simple, yet unique corn preparation, burnt garlic mushrooms are served; again a dish that perhaps you haven’t tried before. An Oriental restaurant would be incomplete without dimsums, so if you could try some lovely classic dimsums in options of vegetable, chicken and sea food. Noodle Bar is kind to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

The main course has such delights as five treasure Asian vegetables, stir fried Chinese greens and lion heart cottage cheese, comprising minced vegetables stuffed in cottage cheese dumplings soaked in chilli sauce. The non-vegetarian main course consists of Chicken Cho Hou and Sizzling Malacca Chicken, besides a variety of lamb and seafood preparations. Yum!

Full already? You have to make space for desert. The sizzling fruit and nut brownie is served in royal style. It is a hazel-nut brownie on a sizzling platter topped with banana spring roll, caramel ice-cream and caramel sauce. It tastes like manna from heaven. The jasmine tea ice-cream comes a close second and the mango-passion fruit ice-cream is a perfect meeting of flavours of mango and passion fruit in frozen form.

The flavours of the all preparations are subtle that are easy on the palette.

Noodle Bar is located in Phoenix Market City, Whitefield. Call 080-30412940.

SRAVASTI DATTA

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