Noodle Bowl - Abu Dhabi
Time Out Says
We’ve visited restaurants in every corner of Abu Dhabi, but few locations are quite as unusual as Noodle Bowl at the Bowling Centre at Zayed Sports CIty. Sitting directly above the lanes, the menu is huge, with loads of steamed dim sum, noodles and more.
But when we come to order, we’re told that they’re out of both of our chosen starters.
There’s also no escaping the noise from below us, and the crashing of bowling pins isn’t exactly relaxing.
However, alternative dishes are suggested, and with walls covered with Chinese drawings and artefacts, the restaurant itself is actually quite cosy.
We kick off with the laksa lemak soup, which comes in a bowl big enough to feed about four people. It definitely got a kick to it, but we agree that the creamy liquid is much better than the noodles or beansprouts floating in it. We also try the fried turnip with egg, which despite being a bit greasy, is a fun alternative to our usual portion to spring rolls.
For mains with stick to an old favourite and go for the nasi goreng. Again, it’s a big portion, but we feel it could do with a few more crunchy vegetables.
The rice also has a similar flavour to the hokkien kway-teo, but at least the flat noodles contain a few more tasty additions like calamari rings, shrimps and pieces of chicken.
If you’re after good value, authentic Chinese food, it’s worth a try. We just weren’t overly inspired by our choices.
WHAT IS IT...
Steamed dim dum and Chinese specialties
If you’re desperate for a bite to eat after your next session on the bowling lanes
15 May 2019
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