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No. 1 Beef Noodle House

4741 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G3H5
Tel: (604) 438-6648

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Good noodles, ok bubble tea
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

As their name proclaims, they have good taiwanese styled beef noodle soup. The broth is very flavorful and the bowl is quite large for about 7 bucks. My only complaint is there isn't enough beef (usually only 3 slices) and there's not much else in the soup other than one or two veggies.... so it's only REALLY good if you're a big noodle fan.

Toast was very good -- thick and full of fatty butter, nutella, etc. I wasn't a fan of the strawberry one though, which was just jam and nothing more.

Service is a hit or miss. I don't expect much when I go to cafe style places like this but after giving me the wrong drink twice on one visit, I think that counts as a strike against this place =(

I would go back because I need a place for lunch and work fairly close by. Not sure if I would recommend unless this is also a convenient location for you.

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Go for the beef noodle soup
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 11:02am [Dine in]

Decent place to get beef noodle soup (get it with tomatos, A2 on their menu) which is pretty decent. I also enjoyed their fried chicken with noodles in soup. I have tried a few of their noodle dishes and they are all decent to good, but not great.

The bubble tea served there is okay at best, I would go for food, not bubble tea.

I found their service quick and their servers friendly. but once you get your food and order, they disappear until you want your bill.

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Tasty Noodles
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

I finally had the right combination of cash in my wallet, noodle craving, and proximity, so I tried this place after driving past it on numerous occasions. The parking lot was full as it usually is, but I lucked out and got a spot.

The restaurant has really impressive decor, and it is modern and clean. The servers seemed attentive enough too, but I came to eat. I tried the spicy beef and noodle in soup, which was extremely hot but satisfying once I got past the burn. My friends had the fried rice, which was okay, and the pork and preserved vegetable in soup. which was reported to be excellent. We also tried the deep fried squid and Shanghai dumplings. They were nicely prepared.
I washed my hot soup down with a mango milk tea that was fabulous.

The restaurant has all the Taiwanese noodle favourites. My companions and I left with full bellies and happy tongues. We will be back.

Recommended.

Cash only.

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Second Best
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

A good place to come for an afternoon snack, but avoid it during the lunch rush - always no parking and no tables! The noodle, soup and meat is decent, but nothing overly spectacular. I was a bit overwhelmed with the drink menu - all 16 pages of it! What to order? Maybe next time I'll fork over the $4/5 for one of the drinks. And always remember to bring cash!

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Pretty good noodles
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

You can't expect 5 star service at a bbt house esp when it's packed but they do have some decent food. I like their noodle soup (veg, chicken or pork) b/c they're huge and tasty. I recommend you share this bowl w/someone cuz it's huge. As for their drinks, they're average. Can't really taste the tea in the bbt and they're loaded w/ sugar (it's typical). Their stewed pork w/ rice and garlic pork w/ rice is pretty good. They have pretty good veg fried rice but it's swamped w/ oil on the bottom.

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Decent food but overpriced powdered fruit bubbleteas.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Lots to choose from in the menu. Unfortunately, the fruit drinks are made of powder I coulldn't enjoy esp. @$4.50 ea. Blueberry bbt tastes too artificial. Same goes for the Passion Fruit w/ honey & egg drink--again, powdered. What was pretty interesting is their hot grass jelly "drink" which I was told is normally served w/ pearls but since the next batch wasn't ready yet, they suggested replacing it w/ red bean instead. Turned out to be a pretty interesting (in a very good way) experience. I know I probably wouldn't have enjoyed pearls turning too soft in this hot drink if they made it like usual.

The kimchi fried rice is pretty mediocre & pricey for the portion which wasn't "huge". The spicy beef noodles had tasty beef & the soup had that gameyness that can't be had if it was instant. However, the noodles are of poor quality & a little on the soggy side. The spicy wontons are a little too porky & tho the sauce was not quite authentic, it was still very flavourful. The 5 spice beef & onion pancake rolls are too thick in dough & not enough content for balance.

The decor is trendy if you look at the ceiling & walls, but the floors & tables somehow cheapens their overall design of the place.

This is one of those places where u really do need to flag down your server or be ignored like the couple that got seated next to our table. They just did the usual, push the menu aside & wait & wait & wait & wait w/o flagging down any servers passing by so while we ate & after we left, their orders were still not yet placed. It's typical of these type of establishment, so I still give the service a solid since they do manage to do what they do so long as u do your part in flagging them down.

I'm interested in trying their other offerings when I return for more of the "seasonal" hot grass jelly drink w/ of course, red bean instead of pearls.

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Nice change.
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I just came back from lunch at No.1. This place used to be Orchid Delight Malaysian restaurant, but has just changed over a few months ago. I was surprised at how nice the inside looked. Very modern tiling and chairs and tables. Completely different than the restaurant before it. I almost wouldn't recognize it.
I do have to say the food could be better, but it's at a great price which sort of makes up for it. I ordered the minced pork sauce and marinated egg on rice. The pork was very flavorful, but more than half of the mixture was globs of fat. The marinated egg was really dry and looked like it was out for hours. The bubble tea is good, and the dim sum is good. The food came really fast which is great for those on a lunch break.
I'm torn over whether or not I would return. Maybe.

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Good Place All Around
By A Fatty of North Burnaby, BC (75 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 2:04am [Dine in]

I went here after a long day of work at 10:40pm and ordered the original beef noodle. It tasted pretty good for noodles. The service wasn't spectacular, but sufficient. I didn't feel rushed or anything either, knowing that they have already closed while I was still eating. Overall, good place to eat. Moscrop Secondary is very lucky to have this place across the street!

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Nice little spot for bbt
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

We usually head to No. 1 Beef Noodle House because it's closer to work than Metrotown. Their bubble tea is pretty good (some of the fruit flavors come with real fruit at the bottom). Their regular dishes are all decent, but I haven't found anything outstanding. The beef noodle (I guess their signature dish) was a bit oily, and the noodle too thick to my liking. Other than that, the broth had a good taste to it.

I would recommend what I think is their sister restaurant on Kingsway - New Age if you're going for the food. No. 1 Beef Noodle is a good stop for the BBT.

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beef noodles in oily soup!
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I love tawainese spicy beef soup so when i heard about this place I wanted to try it out and it's also on the way home from work . Well what a mistake that was, I ordered the,beef brisket noodle in spicy soup for $6.95,$7.30 including tax. What I got was some noodles, 3 pieces of brisket in a spicy bland and oily soup, lucky I have soy sauce at home and man was it oily, terrible. The place itself is quite clean and the server was quite nice.....but sorry I don't like oil based soups!!

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Pretty Decent
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

I went to this place upon a recommendation from a friend of a friend who is Tawainese. Upon reading the reviews, I had low expectations of this restaurant, located in a strip mall located across from a highschool and kiddie corner to BCIT y.

However, I was pleasantly surprised!

The restaurant itself is clean, bright and modern. It was bustling busy from the time we got there at 7 and left at 11.

The servers were busy, and we had to flag them down to order, and settle the bill - but that's typical in many Asian establishments.

The prices were generally pretty decent $8 and under range for noodle soups. And $4+ dollars for their bubble tea drinks.

My fresh fruit strawberry bubble tea was fresh and tasty, served in a large beer mug. The deep fried tofu was tasty and came drizzled with garlic/soy sauce. The special beef noodle in spicy soup with dumplings $8.50 was HUGE - the broth was flavorful, but could have used more spice. There was a decent amount of veggies, green onions and pickled cabbage in there too. My friend and I had to take 2/3 or our noodles home, because we we so full. The noodles were linguine sized in width and had great texture.

They also have an extensive take-out menu.

Recommended!

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Outstanding all around!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Overall, no complaints. I think the food, service and value is all around pretty even.

However, with all these restaurants opening up in the same little complex, makes it hard to park. If you don't find parking in their little parking, you would have to drive through a BIG circle and get lost along the way to go for parking. The residents have thier own sign up stating that it's only resident parking. So, until you're going at the times that are not busy, be prepared to drive around several times before you find yourself a parking spot. Even if you find one, be prepared to walk several blocks.

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Good Noodles
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

We were in Metrotown and feel like eating beef noodles. Heard about this place from my friend and decided to try it instead of our usual joint, Lao Shan Dong.

We had the Spicy Beef Noodles, Zha Jiang Noodles, trio of starters (big intestine, beef slices and sea weed). The beef in the noodles were good and soup tasty, but the noodle was a little hard. The noodle in Zha Jiang Noodle was smooth and soft, but the overall dish was a little bland. The starters were all very very good - especially the big intestine.

Service was a letdown. We were not served water and had to ask for it. We had to ask for refills too. It was quite hard to get any service. The food took a while to arrive too.

Ambiance - The place is clean, bright and fun. The decor is nice too. A nice change for an Asian restaurants. A really nice dining environment.

Return? Very likely. The noodle at Lao Shan Dong may be better, but the menu is limited. I get a lot more choices here, and I definitely want more of the intestines!!!

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Bad location, ok food
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]

Went for lunch with colleagues on a weekday. The parking lot was full, but lucked out with one remaining spot. It's right across from a high school, so there were students just hanging out standing around at this little strip mall during lunch break...didn't make for the best atmosphere. The restaurant itself is ok, fairly clean and plenty of space between tables. I was surprised to see the place not full, since the parking lot was full.

We ordered beef noodle, pork & cabbage noodle, and chicken nuggets on rice along with our bbt. There were thick slices of beef brisket which looked good. The pork & cabbage was tasty, but a bit oily for my taste. The noodles themselves were nicely cooked. The rice dish looked average, nothing special at all. I was a bit disappointed with the bubble tea. By the time I was half done, it had become diluted from the excess ice they put in it...and I did not drink it slowly. Service was ok, even though they didn't bring us cups of tea that everyone else got, they were fairly efficient in taking our orders and clearing the dishes.

The food and drinks were all ok, but not outstanding. So because of the inconvenience of parking, I probably wouldn't go back that often.

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Place is becoming more of a hangout than restaurant
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

We been here several times. The most recent was several months ago. The first time a couple of years ago, when food was good. Atmosphere has always been up to standard.

But lately, the food quality has deteriorated. We are seeing more kids going in and hanging out there. No that there is anything wrong with it.

We have also noticed that it is not as busy as before so that was interesting.

Price is very reasonable and sometimes you get what you pay for. I'll only come back if I am in the neighbourhood and have a craving for Taiwanese food.

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Spicy and Sweet
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Tucked into the corner of a small plaza you will find this restaurant. From the outside it looks dingy but inside it is impressive. The service is decent but you will not get smiles here. The value is good for the food and drinks and they have an extensive menu. Please note the spicy items are very spicy! I ordered the minced pork and tofu w/ rice and it was good but real spicy. If you can handle spicy you may like it! My bf ordered a beef and tomato noodle soup and it was really good! The tomato was stewed and flavoured the broth with a touch of sweet tomato flavour. I found the drinks to be too sweet although my bf's freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious! Overall a pretty solid place for late night eats!

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Worst wonton noodle in lower mainland.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Went to this place two days ago with a bunch of friends. We've heard that this place has good food. But we were disappointed to say the least.

It's very noisy in there. But that's kinda normal for being a bubble tea and noodle house. The service is good. They promptly give us more tea when needed.

I ordered their pork with garlic sauce on rice. This dish is ok. I mean it tasted like something that i could have made at home. There are other restaurants that are way better for this dish.

My friends ordered their beef noodle. According to them the beef was nice and tender. However, the soup is not that flavorful. So for a place that has a name of NO.1 beef noodle house, this is a failed.

Now on to the worst wonton noodle in the lower mainland. My sister ordered this. The wontons tasted ok. No prawns in there. What makes this the worst i've tasted is the soup. The soup has no taste at all. Very plain. Tasted like a watered down vegetable stock.

we won't be going back for sure.

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Most Friday Nights ...
By darrenkadish of Burnaby, B.C. (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

After getting off work late Friday nights (after 10 pm), we usually head off to this restaurant for a quick bite to eat.

This place is always packed when we come, but because there's only two of us, we usually can squeeze in without having to wait. The food here is good and inexpensive (two qualities that everybody looks for in a great restaurant). I'm always trying different dishes, with my dinner companion usually always sticking to the spicy beef brisket noodle soup.

My favorite dishes are the spicy egg plant, tofu skin with enoki mushrooms and the deep fried chicken wings. Each one of these dishes are anywhere from $6.95 - $7.95 - a great deal ... it's no wonder they are always so busy.

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Definately Gone Downhill
By urbaneat of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

This place has definately gotten worst at almost everything you can think off. The only off-chance that my buddies and I went here was on a pretty busy night. I can't remember their food and drinks being so overcooked and flat. Server seemed confused on what our table wanted. Dunno, if you want to compete with so many other options next door, I think they got to do better.

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Perfect for what it is
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

This is a great little noodle place hidden away in what would appear to be a struggling strip mall beside moscrop school and kitty corner to BCIT.

My coworker took me to lunch here one day and I was very surprised when i walked in. A modern, and clean eatery was what my first impression was. I ordered the Spicy Beef Noodle soup (my staple when eating Taiwanese noodles) and is was cooked very well. I think the beef could use more time braising but overal very good.

The Bubble tea, what I really love in a place like this was top quality. The bubble tea around burnaby is not very good, surprisingly enough... but No 1 Beef Noodle does not disappoint in any way. They bring it out in a big beer stein that hits the spot when eating the spicy soup.

We've been back a few more times already... perfect for a quick work lunch.

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