Just got bad from Next Noodle Bar after grabbing lunch with a bud of mine. I recommend their chicken lollilop and chicken wings and not much else. I had their Wor Wonton Noodles and the broth was bland and the bbq pork lacked flavour. There were other diners who had their wok fried noodles and fried rice that looked good. The price range was good, small plates started at $4 and for a big plate of entree, $9 which is good for a place on Robson St. I would return only for the chicken lollilop as for the other dishes, tons of better places in Chinatown or Richmond.
As a pan-asian cafes go, Next Noodle bar is pretty good.
Everything is made fairly well, and made to order. Prices are quite reasonable.
The server was attentive, and place is fairly clean and presentable (I admit that I judge the service and ambiance at chinese restaurants by a slightly lower standard).
I've been here for lunch a couple of times and both times I was impressed with the quality of the food and service/ambience/value. They have traditional pan-Asian dishes done very well as well as some inventive soups and tapas. One of my faves is the Imperial roll, a duck and scallion creation that at 4 bucks is half a meal of it’s self. All the ingredients are fresh and the place is clean. The servers are older Asian ladies for whom charm is second nature. Go early for lunch because by 12:15 you’d be hard pressed to get a seat.
A new favorite for the downtown lunch crowd.
I walked by during lunch and was surprised to see a queue. I thought to myself perhaps I was there on an off day and decided to give it another try.
This time round, we ordered the spring rolls platter, lollipop chicken and chow mein.
The spring roll platter comprises 4 types of spring rolls - vietnamese with chicken and shrimp, shrimp with mashed taro in wonton skin, duck and assorted vegetables in rolled in roti, and one other. That "other" was not up to par. The other three were very good though. It comes with a trio of dips too. One complain was that the roti on the duck roll was just luke warm and thus, a tad tough. Perhaps it was the first of the 4 to be cooked.
The lollipop chicken was fun. Mashed chicken with dunno what wrapped around a stick of sugar cane (???). A good little snack.
The chow mein was tasty, but portion a little on the small side. Perhaps the plate it was on was too big? I am used to portions like those found at No. 9.
Service was ok, considering they were full. Perhaps another service staff would have helped.
Overall, a better dining experience than the first time. Return? Likely. There are a few tapas that sounded interesting that I will likely want to try.
came in at 11:30 (just before the place filled up for lunch), got a table immediately, ordered the Har Gow and Siu Mai appetizer .. these were not bad, steaming hot, juicy and tasted good. For the main course, I ordered the Combo A - Chicken with rice, veggies, soup and a small shrimp side dish. This was a real filling and tasty lunch. My collegue had the Vietnamese Noodle .. it looked substantial and was also steaming hot.
The place is clean, the service attentive .. I will try this place again.
So I went for lunch with a group of friends. The restaurant was busy, which was a good sign. The five of us decided to share several dishes so that everyone can try out different things.
Spicy stir-fried bean: the flavour was good, just too salty though
Spicy Malaysian fried rice: tasted like regular Chinese fried rice and it is NOT spicy at all. It might as well called Asian fried rice (neither spicy or Malayisan)
Sticky rice: the flavour was average good. The rice seems to be a bit mushy and not sticky enough (comparing with the sticky rice that I had in Asia)
House stir-fried noodles with veggies, chicken and shrimp: it is a good one, though ordinary. You can get the same in any other Chinese joints
Service? The waiter put our first dish on the table. On the table, there was this lonely dish, nothing else. No plate, no cutlery, no napkins, nothing. Yes, they were busy, but setting up the table should be the first thing to do before taking order.
Though the place offers decent food and I'm satisfied with what I had, the place has no personality. The menu is huge, with dishes representing every part of Asia (ok, not every part). As a result, the food has no identity. It is neither Chinese or South East Asia. This is NOT fusion. This is confusion.
However, the restaurant located in a area where this kind of we-have-it-all-Asia approach will work. It definitely attracts the office lunch crowd who want varieties to spice up their office work, and ESL students who need food that is familiar to them.
I go there every week, the food is good, the service is quick and the value is amazing. Lunch specials typically costs $8.50 and the portions are generous. The regular lunch menu is priced slight more but still a great value. Only downside is the place gets busy very quickly so try to go there a few minutes earlier.
Though not truly re-inventing Asian food, the food always seems to taste fresh. I particularly like the Dai Pai Dong Noodles. Portions are decent sized and prices are very reasonable. Hon's may be cheaper and portions larger, but the food here just tastes less greasy/less MSG enhanced. Service is attentive though sometimes the servers may be inexperienced. They do delivery in the downtown core.
The wait staff is super friendly and eager to please. The food is relatively inexpensive and nice and fresh. Its a great place to grab a quick bite before a film. They glady substitute items in their dishes and do so with a smile!
We were looking for a place to go on Boxing Day and decided to pop in here for lunch.
We were seated and proceeded to order tea to go with our meals. I'm not sure why some restaurants do it, but they served the tea in glasses. I prefer cups, but that is a personal preference.
We started with the house salad and it was quite tasty. We also had appetizers of the chicken lollipops which were good. The rolls that were served were somewhat average.
We each decided on a soup for the mains. Me and one friend had the Lemon Grass Chicken. It was okay, but there was not much of a lemon grass taste to it. My sister had the Seafood Laksa and she felt it was okay, but felt it was somewhat lacking as well.
The menu is quite extensive and the value is alright. We would probably give it another try to see what the other menu items are like.
I have ordered from Next Noodle Bar several times. The food is average, but not terrible. Tonight, they made mistakes for the second time!
First, I called to place the order at 4:50pm. And the food arrived at 6:30pm! I looked at the time when the order was placed on the receipt - 5:32!! This is also the second time it has happened. They also forgot to add the drinks to the delivery!
Second, the driver didn't have proper change. He asked if it was alright. Hmmm.
Third, the fried rice was more like sticky rice. It was mushy. The food was also luke warm when it arrived.
If you're thinking of ordering from Next Noodle Bar, think TWICE!
There won't be a third chance!
I'm looking for a place with better service and food now!!
I am absolutely disappointed at this place. We've ordered from here before for delivery with no issues. For some reason, tonight they are not answering their phones. The answering machine picks up our calls (we've been trying for 20 mins now) and I can hardly understand what the woman is saying. There is no reason why the phone should not be answered when it is during business hours. Huge disappointment - POOR POOR customer service.
I enjoyed dinner here. After being disappointed in the service provided by so many places lately, it was refreshing to find a place that had pleasant and good service. As the title says, our server was enthusiastic, and friendly, and checked up on us very often. For a change, I never once had to flag anyone down as someone was always there asking if we needed anything.
Food quality and presentation was well done for what it is. Seating was comfortable. For an informal restaurant, it was a good dining experience.
It's 12:58pm and I'm starting to get hungry so I decided to order take out. I phoned in to place my order and repeated myself twice. I ordered the Ma Po Tofu, rice and wonton soup. I went to pick up my food and the total came to $17 something. I paid $20 and told them to keep the change. When I went back to the office I opened up the bag and saw there was NO rice. I was kind of disappointed and called them to let them know they had forgotten to put it in the bag. A man had answered the phone first and when I told him about it he passed to phone to the original taker. The lady gets on the phone and I repeated the story to her. She denied the fact that I ordered the rice and just said if you want rice you can buy it and pick it up. There was no appologies, NOTHING! I simply said forget it. Just thought I would speak my mind. Now I'm going to call and ask to speak to a manager!
I am amazed with the food,size portions, extreme friendly services and esp the varities of food choices and is able to mix and match with certains items in the food to replace with something else. There are people have allergeries etc.. also vegetarians or vegan.. How many restaurants do you know that will do that for you and the prices doesnt change. For the prices for the menu its awesome affordable for the seafood over 15 choices(take out menu) for only $12.00+ tx but is suitable for dine in menu too. No Worries!! The atmosphere is clean and calm and comfortable.. Great bosses Mr. Mrs. Lai,great staff.
Plus its also gay friendly dining out place esp along Robson St..and Seymour. Not many restaurant area is gay friendly along Robson. Dont have to walk along for dinner or lunch along Davie Village if done so over the years.. Check it out!! you will be please.. Plus they do deliver free deliver at downtown core after 5pm daily except Sunday (closed) but will be opening soon on Sundays. Pick up will get 10% min. $20.00 awesome!! that is a deal meal!!
Enjoy the dinner!!