The Noodle Box is a funky eatery that uses a fusion of cooking techniques and flavors from many foreign shores to create a menu of quick and tasty noodle dishes.
The Noodle Box is a self serve noodle place. Stand in line, order your dish, hopefully find a table and they will eventually call out your name with your food. There are a bunch of different noodle options, many with choice of rice substitution. You can select what type of meat you want such as chicken, shrimp, tofu, pork, etc and also how spicy you want it.
Overall the food was better than I expected. I ordered medium and it was quite spicy, especially at the bottom of the bowl where most of the sauce ended up. I like. I didn't like the cashier questioning the fact that I wanted it medium but I guess they get the occasional 4th Ave whiner who brings back their bowl because they ordered it too hot. I wonder what kind of hoops I would have to jump through if I ordered it hotter than that.
I was surprised to see how busy this place was. At 6pm it was lined up for most of the time I was in there with 2 cashiers going.
Overall, its a little expensive for what you get and I probably won't frequent this place often but atleast I can say I tried it. I definately prefer more authentic restaurants that serve real south east Asian food (run by south east Asians) which are cheaper and tastier.
Love the decor. It's a nicely dressed up fastfood establishment w/ relatively fresh ingredients. As such, the prices seem a little steep for noodles but if you think full-blown restaurant prices, I suppose, it's reasonable, though it's served in a fancy cafetaria setting here. Don't ask for hot, as you will find your food loaded w/ not simply hot sauce, but a mini-boat load of chili peppers & seeds throughout--enough to set your insides aflame for days. Simply "medium" is still quite hot, but at least it's not impossible to work through & causes less damage to your insides & definitely not visibly loaded w/peppers. After eating through enough of their noodles, you may or may not come to realize that most share the same ingredients w/ maybe 1 or 2 variants. They also share the same problem of being either VERY salty or noticeably salty. I get a similar feeling of having gone out for some vietnamese noodles by the end of the night. Thirsty & w/ a similar aftertaste left in my mouth. AVOID the disgusting curry dip for the roti! Who in their right mind can even call that curry?? It went straight to the garbage while costing $5.50 just to keep the 2 quartered pita bread.
Seating is limited if you're eating in, so be sure to reserve your seats before lining up to order otherwise you may have to get your order(s) to-go instead. The take-out paper boxes definitely holds less food than eating in. During the summer when I tried this place for the 1st time, they served the noodles inside of a relatively large round bowl which seems to offer more in portion & easier to eat w/ than their current, though funkier, noodle-box designed pottery bowls. I'd be interested in purchasing several of those to host some potted plants in. :)
Like the title says, I really like how they put the entire place together. It's not meant to be restaurant like, and they have seatings by the window as well as by the wall, and if you have a few more people, there's more seating closer to the back. Also the green coloured walls and their eco friendly utensils. It looks clean and healthy.
But with that said, the food is only okay. I don't know what all the rage was about with Noodle Box. It's okay.. but there are so many other places to eat at. It's nice to have the vegetarian option of getting tofu.. but I think the food is overpriced for the portion they give you. And I always find the noodles way too saucy. Like there's too much topping to too little noodles. The noodles themselves aren't bad.. just the way they cook it needs to be changed. The service is brief and efficient, nothing else. I like their self serve water area. But yeah, I'll only go back if I wasn't really super hungry and not caring what I ate at the moment.
This fast-food place is a huge rip-off. And YES, it is FAST FOOD. They're trying to imitate the food court teriyaki box places, but oh boy are they light years behind... And they charge 10-15 bucks for a fast food box of rice or noodles!
I ordered the coconut curry on noodles and it was the most TANGY thing I've ever had.. and for those of you who haven't had coconut curry, IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TANGY!!
Anyway, I guess it's totally buyer beware at this place. It's smack in the middle of Kits, despite serving crap, it's surviving just because of the location.
Here's a RULE OF THUMB for those of you not familiar with Asian food - apparently these kinds of ppl exist in this city! - if the person cooking the food isn't Asian, prepare yourself!!! FYI, the guy who cooked my meal was a 17 year old black kid... I'm sure this kid did what Jaden Smith did in the (new) Karate Kid and went to China to learn the traditional arts of his trade when he was 11 and is now back home showing off what he's learned
I want this place to be amazing.
I walk past every day, I love noodles. The smell is so tempting. The customers look happy, the food looks good, the decor is nice. I would love it if their food was edible to me.
I have been here three times. Every time I am overwhealmed by the amount of seasoning they put in their food. Inedibly salty in my opinion, unfortunately.
I see people loving what their getting (or looking like it) but I really don't get it. I could try everything on the menu but after wasting both money and food (couldn't really eat it ) three times it doesn't make sense to reward them with more business.
Their Tom Yum Soup was well seasoned, but had so much crap in it that its not a crave-able dish so much as it is a mudpudge in good broth, which is too bad.
Their kung pao special was so dreadful I couldn't believe it. It was disgusting and was absolultely not kung pao. And it was 14$ for noodles. Screw these guys.
I have visited the Noodle Box in Victoria as well- boy, is this place packed! I think people are drawn to the novelty take-out boxes that you can get your food served in- I have to admit, they are quite cute. The food is okay, but I think you can get a similar quality meal for less money elsewhere. I found the medium spicyness to be quite hot, just a word to the wise. It's okay, but not a place I'd visit again and again.
this location just seems to move at a slower pace than the two locations on the island. do agree with previous posters with regards to spice levels. they aren't consistent. small menu, but everyone has their own personal favourite that they stick to.
I have to say that I really like the place. I like the idea and the execution. Or rather I _liked_ the execution when we went there for the first time few months ago. The food was clearly of a fusion variety, but it did feel strongly related to the origins. We went there at least 4 or 5 times in a course of two months and I tasted or sampled pretty much all of their menu. There was one or two items that I did not like that much, but it was mostly because I don't like sweet sauces with my meat.
Anyhow, long story short, we went there again few weeks ago and the noodles were barely edible due to being SEVERELY over-seasoned. My dish was plain oversalted, and my wife's noodles were soaked in too much sauce and it was not a soup dish.
I really hope it was just a fluke and a guy in the kitchen was just having a bad day or something. The place is rather unique, the menu is simple and very creative. I am going to check them out again in a few weeks.
You put a bit of cheap mall asian/chinese food in a cute lil box, open a location in Kits, jack up the price and suddenly people are coming in flocks. I guess perception is everything these huh? those boxes are quite cute, if you mind paying 8 bucks for chinese food that could be made in less than 1 min for $1. Buy a wok, get some soy sauce, find a box and make you own at home people. Or I can make it for u, let me know, i will only charge you $5!
Food: You may be disappointed if you're looking for traditional and authentic food here. But if you come here with an open mind you may just love it! I had the teryaki noodle bowl with tofu. and i'm absolutely in love with the sauce. Sometimes teryaki sauces have an odd taste to them but this once was just right and very well balanced. Will definitely recommend this place to some one who's craving noodles.
Service: Since it was my first visit i was a little sceptical about the flavours and what to try. The cashier was very helpful and allowed me to taste almost all the sauces on the menu. I must say she was very helpful. The chef who was cooking my dish was very animated and had a huge personality. It just made the experience even better.
Value: 12 bucks for a bowl of noodles is probably too much to ask for especially it being a fast food restaurant. But other than that I have nothing negative to say about this place.
Overall I liked how the food tasted, loved the service and don't mind shelling out a little bit more once a while for fast food if they keep up with the service and portion sizes.
We went last week. I still find the food to be too salty most of the time but otherwise it's pretty good. I found the place to be trendy and fun but not really a place to socialize as the tables are sooo close together and it's too echoy and loud in there. We usually get a table quickly. We like the degrees of hotness they offer.
I totally agree with the previous reviewer - food is OK, but I really don't get the hype about the Noodle Box. The good: good variety of options available, you can pick chicken/prawns/pork/tofu as well as how spicy you want each dish, fun restaurant, pretty fast service considering each dish is made up fresh. The bad: too much sauce, not enough meat & veggies, food is just OK, prices a bit inflated. Considering how many restaurants there are in Vancouver offering up similar food, the Noodle Box just isn't good enough to make me want to go back.
Having said that, I have been there multiple times because many of my friends RAVE about this place! I keep trying new things and each time, I'm a little disappointed. I have noticed that pretty much everyone I know who loves the Noodle Box order the same thing: the spicy peanut box. I've tried this and to me, it just tastes like peanut butter slathered all over your meal - it did not appeal at all and I couldn't eat more than a few bites. But I guess if you are a peanut lover, it might just be your thing.
Its a good place to go for lunch. All sorts of different types of noodles. A bit portion. A variety of Asian beer. A laid back group of employees. You can alter the spice to many different levels. Its a fun place to go. My friend was upset that no Asian people were working until he tried the food and quit whining.
I used to frequent Noodle Box a lot as the food was tasty and service was consistent. The place is nicely decorated and the location is great for a decent meal before / after shopping on 4th.
However, the quality of food has gone downhill rather dramatically in the past year. On my previous few visits, the food was consistently too salty and oily. I felt a bit sick and very thirsty after every time. The service is still decent; but for the quality of food they serve, the prices are too high.
I am asian myself and I find their "asian-inspired" food quite off from authentic asian food. It's sad I can't say it's a favorite anymore and have stopped recommending it to friends.
I have been lucky enough to frequent the Noodle Box on a pretty regular basis due to its close proximity to my work. I can honestly say that it is consistent and tasty and always on point. The food is always quality and the atmosphere is upbeat and lively. The service is quick, friendly, and positive. I definitely recommend it as a great spot for casual dining that delicious and fun.
We heard some people rave about it so we decided to stop by. It was a HUGE disappointment. You don't get much for what you pay for. It was hot and noisy in there. The line up was long and waiting for the food took awhile. The place we sat had dirty bowls left over by the previous diners. There was no one really clearing tables. We had to eat out of the take out containers because they ran out of bowls. We won't be returning. For what we spent and the abundance of noodle places in Vancouver, we don't recommend this place.
Read about this place in the Georgia Straight. Their review was almost raving. Me? Not so much, but they are just a few steps above mall food. Went there twice. Fisrt was the Thai style Chicken Chow Mein. Really fresh and flavorful. However, I did find the chicken a little tough since it was over cooked. Tasty nonetheless. Second time, it was the Tom Yum Soup combination. Took a little longer than it should. Again over cooked. Tofu was burnt, prawns and chicken was tough, rice noodles was soggy. I expected a little less wham when it comes to Tom Yum style dishes. This one was over the top. I admire the owners/operators for bringing a little South East Asain flare to Vancity. Perhaps a little more refinement to their cooking technique would really help to get the food to be extra yummy. I'm giving it an above average review for their efforts and decor. Something to work at if the owners/operators read their restaurant reviews.
Paid Noodle Box on Fourth Ave a visit on a Saturday evening. I had been to the Douglas St Noodle Box in Victoria several times, and I must say that I was very disappointed at how the Fourth Ave location paled in comparison to the Douglas St location. My husband and I ordered 3 items: Spicy Thai chicken wings, Nasi Goreng, and noodles with Spicy Plum sauce. The chicken wings hardly had any sauce and the Nasi Goreng was so bland that all I could taste was the bean sprouts and cilantro they covered the rice with. The Spicy Plum noodles were decent however. All together, our bill was $35. Quite steep for a fast food set up. Will not be coming back to this location.
Whatever, what is all the hype about this place?
FOOD >>> Nothing that you can't learn and make at home for a quarter of the price.
SERVICE >>> I despise the fact that they call out your name, and if they by chance wrote it down wrong (and it has happened) then you end up not begin sure if that is your dish or not????? I haven't found the friendliest cashiers either.
VALUE >>> I have been 3 times and each time I found myself eating and thinking to myself, "You know, this really could be better considering I spent 11 dollars plus tax on it". They are way, WAY overpriced for what they are offering.
AMBIANCE >>> It's way too noisy for my taste (is calling out people's names really that efficient if they are going to keep the music that loud, plus all the ambient noise???) Why don't they just have one of those digital boards that they use at supermarkets with the number that changes? They could dong a bell or something everytime they cange the number.
This is actually two reviews in one. The first review is quite short:
Came to the Noodlebox on widespread positive reviews. Nowhere to sit. Left.
On our second attempt, we got lucky, and just as another group left their table, we slid in and bussed it ourselves. You see, there is no table service--you order your food at the cashier, as if at McDonald's and then when it's ready, the chef calls out the order. Because there is no hostess and no bussing crew, it is up to you to finagle seats for your party, and bus your dishes at the end.
My other criticism is the music. It was waaay too loud, and drowned out any type of meaningful conversation. In a way this may be strategic, as diners are more likely to just down their food and scram, if they cannot linger over good, audible chats.
The food. It was good, but nothing remarkable. I have had as good or better many times over. A more serious criticism is that while they didn't list it on the menu board, I am 99% positive there were fried peanuts topping my food. This is a very serious health risk for anyone with allergies and needs attending to. When I brought it up with the staff, they just shrugged. Bad sign.
In short, Noodlebox is nothing special and isn't worth the priciness of their entrees.