Friday, 3 October 2014

Fat Noodle - Brisbane CBD

Have you ever had those experiences where someone tells you something, you scoff at them and say 'I dont believe you, I'm gonna go do it anyway' to later be told 'I told you so'. Well that happened to me when I decided to go to Fat Noodle in the Treasury Casino with a friend ( ̄(エ) ̄)ゞ.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by a waitress, promptly allocated a seat and given a pot of piping hot tea. Points given for actively providing tea without being asked, points taken away because there was no variety or choice in the tea available. 

As an entree, we shared a serving of salmon sashimi with mandarin. We initially expected the mandarin to be merely a small amount for taste. Little did we know that we would be given Salmon Sashimi completely drenched in mandarin juices. It was quite confusing on our part as we were unsure whether or not to add soy sauce. In the end we put half in soy sauce, and half we ate as is. Other than that, the sashimi was very fresh, and the mandarin was very sweet

Despite everyone's warnings, I ordered the Pho. Usually when I go to a new place, I tend to order their signature dish on the basis that their signature dish should be what they do the best. Starting with the positive, the soup was not oily as you can see, which is a huge improvement from a lot of the other Pho I've sampled. It was served with the usual sprouts and fresh herbs. The noodles were alright, same as what I'd get elsewhere, but for double the price of course. Now in terms of the soup and the beef, I was very disappointed. Soup is the soul of Pho, if it isnt done well, the whole dish is pretty much spoilt. So, like everyone else has said before, the soup was very bland. It tastes very watered down and doesnt really taste like it really has much herbs, even the beef flavour was really lacking. The beef was also relatively disappointing. The menu describes the beef used as wagyu beef, but I really question it, because wagyu is really a lot smoother and softer than what I was given.

On the other hand, my friend ordered a roast duck noodles soup. It was served with the broth on the side. I tasted a bit of hers, and it was actually really good. The soup tastes authentic like Hong Kong cuisine, and the noodles were of a good texture. The duck was also marinated well, and the portion given was quite generous. It was a bit weird that sprouts are placed with the noodles though, when it normally only has Chinese greens instead. Still, it was much better than the pho.

In conclusion, I have no regrets in going to Fat Noodle, it was definitely worth going to satisfy my morbid curiosity at least. From my experience, it seems that some of their dishes need quite a bit of improvement, whilst some of their dishes are really quite good. However even the good ones are only on par with what you could get at Sunnybank, and for half the price. Perhaps the extra is for the environment and service, which was pretty good.

Price Range: $25 - $30 per person

Taste: 4/10
Value: 4/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

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