Noodlemi is an unpretentious little café style restaurant in the Soho side of Sheung Wan. It is tiny, with seating at high tables and stools, with the kitchens visible through a hatch at the end of the restaurant. Whilst, this definitely isn’t fancy dining, the Vietnamese food produced here is really very good indeed.
What is more, for those of us avoiding gluten, their menu states that they are Gluten and MSG Free. Whilst there are items on their menu that need to be avoided, obviously the sandwiches made with regular bread and the dumplings, there is plenty of choice here.
We opted for the crab soup with tofu cubes which was well flavoured and large enough for both of us to share . We followed this with Hanoi fish, a tasty and tender but unrecognisable and unnamed flat fish cooked in turmeric and served with rice noodles.
This was accompanied by two salads, the refreshing pomelo and pomegranate and the crunchy green papaya salad with prawns. All were well flavoured south Asian tastes swiftly delivered to the table.
We ordered unremarkable lime sodas to go with the meal, which at least weren’t over-sweetened. Others near to us sipped fresh coconut milk in their shells which might have been a better idea.
We could well understand why the twenty – something lawyer negotiating a contract on his phone (not difficult to broadcast given the size of this space) dropped by here for his takeaway order. If you were a busy singleton living in Soho or Sheung Wan why wouldn’t you drop by this place to pick up a quick, easy and inexpensive supper to take home?
A little later on others waited outside while a table came free – as Noodlemi doesn’t take bookings you need to be prepared for this, but as the turnover is relatively fast, if you need to wait it shouldn’t take too long.
As long as you go to Noodlemi knowing that it is going to provide very good ‘pit stop’ food rather than be a venue where you linger, it definitely fits that bill and best of all, for us at least, is safely and easily gluten free.
Noodlemi, 2 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong – Tel: 2253 1113 – No reservations