One of the most popular bars to eat out for lunch at David Jones in the city, in their foodhall area. Welcome to the Noodle Bar.
This bar has to be the best bar in the complex so far, and this is no easy feat. For starters, this Asian delight is way cheaper than the nearby Oyster Bar, and way better than the lunch at the Espresso Bar. If chilli makes your mouth burn likes it's on fire, and no amount of water can hose it down; do not dismiss this review just yet. Why? Believe it or not, there are some other amazingly tasty dishes that aren't that spicy here.
Awesome view of the kitchen
You need to get here rather early. Ideally before midday. Office workers, families and people who live a leisurely life want to come and eat here. If the staff feel a little rushed, the service won't be overly attentive.
There was one distressed lady who sat to my left, and got all fidgety at the bar, as she believed she was served last. The staff took down her order, and apparently five minutes later she left. No room for negative energy in this place. Like any occasion and circumstance in life; if you treat people well, they will treat you back the same. The staff were rather pleasant and polite.
From the view that I was fortunate to enjoy, I could see the fresh vegetables and the chef using the wok with skill, passion, and perfect manual dexterity.
As soon as I placed my order, I noticed that there were a few people just wanting to drink some still tap water. Although I ordered a Santa Vittoria Lemon Iced Tea ($3.95), the clear stuff really quenched my thirst. The iced tea was rather refreshing, although it tasted quite bland in comparison to those sweet iced teas you can buy at the supermarket or convenience store. The lemon had an organic, gourmet taste to it. I did not go for a glass of champagne as I had a party planned that same evening.
There is always a queue to eat here. After midday that is.
The salt and pepper squid ($17.95) with sweet chilli sauce was utterly divine. Be careful not to tuck in straight away. The squids are rather hot at first, and it can be so easy to over bite on these ones in particular. Even though you won't receive as many as you would in a normal salt and pepper squid dish elsewhere; the one's here are mammoth in comparison, in tandem with an overabundance of crispy, flavoursome skin, and the actual pieces of fish. The bed of lettuce is not overly appealing. That is just there for decorative purposes.
The chilli sauce was just amazing, and I love the wok styled pot it was served in. Beautifully and simply executed dish. Definitely well presented. I will be coming back for more.
All elements of this dish were superb
Where: The Noodle Bar, David Jones Food Hall at Market Street Sydney.
Why: Fresh, hot and flavoursome food.
Cost: My bill came to $21.90
When: Thursday lunchtime, by midday.
Good for kids: It can be. There was one child sitting at the bar at the same time.
Take away: No, not really.