Al Dente "Cutting" noodles the hot ticket item at Sha Lin (Shaolin) Noodle House, served in a variety of soups and sauces. Also a decent choice of non-noodle items as well. Authentic Northern Chinese.
I'm mixed about the restaurant. I've only had 2 dishes from this restaurant but I loved them both so much that I kept going back. The curry cutting noodles with vegetables and tofu are delicious. I just loved how fresh the noodles tasted. I was also in love with the sliced roll. Probably a standard item judging from the reviews I've read but I haven't seen or tried it anywhere else.
The ambiance is lacking. Feels like a cafeteria. Something that REALLY bothers me about the Sha Lin Noodle House is that someone working there has a serious case of body odor. I went there once in the evening and the hot restaurant just reeked of that steamy body odor smell, and when it's undercut with the smell of the curry they use on their noodles it really repulsed me.
I can't even think of eating their food anymore without being reminded about that smell, never mind tasting it... UGH. So...... go early before it gets stinky if you're thinking about checking this place out. The food is really quite tasty. And the servers are nice and prompt and friendly.
I'm always skeptical of places (and products) that advertise no MSG...I don't get that much of a 'chemical' headache from MSG, but that means it must be substituted with something else for flavouring, and 99% of the time, it means more sodium/salt. This is exactly what the soup stock tasted like: saltwater. I ordered a bowl of the beef and beansprouts. The beef slices were amazingly seasoned and soft (I like it like that), but the beef stock was overpowered by a consistent salty taste. I tried to dilute it with some hot water, but just ended up with soggy, run-down (and still salty) soup.
So if they could cut back on the salt (and noodles fresh made, but probably include salt in the making as well) and just let the natural flavours of all the other ingredients mellow, it'd be SO much more better.
Service was quick for on-the-spot takeout request. In 5 minutes, I placed my order, paid the cheque, got my order, and was out the door.
Just cut back on the salt!
Came here for dinner last week on a Thursday night for the first time in probably a year. Used to come here more often many many years ago. There was a line up when we arrived at about 730pm. To be honest, the only thing i really look forward to eating here are their dumplings and deep fried bun (simple but one of my faves). Their noodles are good and i appreciate how it's freshly made. But all the noodle dishes make me feel like eating i'm eating a bowl of dough. Even their fried noodles don't contain much meat or veggies nor come with a tasty sauce, Their noodles in soup tastes bland but that's bc they don't use msg (apparently). They should find other ways to put flavor into their dishes rather than using salt. Their ja jiang mein is very disappointing. I don't know why they are so busy bc the food is just mediocre and they haven't made any improvements to the decor of the restaurant.
Although they have a full menu, the noodles are the stars. You can watch them making the noodles, "dragging" or "cutting" them. They also have a panful of fried dumplings. Their green onion pancakes are also good. Their move to a new location has upgraded both the ambience and their capacity, so there are usually no line-up. Their old location always had lineups.The food usually comes quickly.
I love going to this place. I always bring some wipes to wipe down the table and utensils, just in case. I know that it's a popular restaurant in the area and there's always a lineup around meal times. But man, this place is quite disgusting sometimes. Even then, I find I often return.
I always order fresh cold soya milk and a noodle dish of some kind. If I'm with other people, we tend to split a serving of pot stickers. I notice that I'm not the only one that's a fan of their pot stickers. Looking around the room I see that most people have ordered the same fare.
The food usually comes quite quickly, as for the bill, not so quick. The place could use a makeover, if only it being paint and new food posters. Some of the pictures are so faded and discoloured that I have no idea what it was supposed to be!
The prices are worthy of the food. So if you're in the neighbourhood, don't be afraid of that lineup! It's really worth the wait!
The food is good, and that's only reason I went there.
But they give the worse services ever!
I and my gf went there for a quick dinner this afternoon. For some reason the waitresses seemed all pissed off. They pretty much threw the menu and dished on our table, and ignored our requests for more tea. We felt very uncomfortable being treated that way even though we didn't expect any outstanding services from a Chinese restaurant, so we decided to give them no tips.
But the most ridiculous thing happened when we were about to leave. The old man at the counter stalked us and ASKed FOR tips! He said "You are supposed to give tips if you eat here. " I was so shocked when I heard him say so, but then I told him that their services made me unhappy and that's the reason I didn't give tips. Then he asked if the waitresses are always like that and I said yes but the young waiter is good(yes he's very polite). But then he said, "Ok you don't give tips this time, but don't come here again. "
Speechless. That was just sooo rude, like savages. I doubt he's ever been educated.
For those of you who consider going there, I highly recommend you take a second thought. I admit their food is good, but their inability to respect customers makes them a horrible horrible restaurant.
Sha Lin noodle house is a small asian noodle place in a busy Broadway/Cambiearea. Once my mom and I were walking down the street looking for a new place for lunch. All restaurants were emty (I guess not a lot of people go out for lunch on a weekday at 2 pm) however Sha Lin Noodle house was full. We went in and my fist impression was that this place is like any other tiny cheap place in Vancouver, moderately priced with moderate quality of food, but I changed my mind soon enough. Service was super fast, and literally minutes later we had huge bowls of yammy smelling soup in front of us. Soup was delicious! Later this place when became of our favourites I probably tryed everything on their manu, and my advice, don't miss Budda Birthday noodles, they are great! The place is cheap, only 7-10 bucks for a huge meal, and specialty teas are definitly worth trying.
Sha lin noodle house is a great place for a rainy day in Vancouver.
It's so nice to find a Chinese restaurant that doesn't just do the same old stuff! although I like their noodle dishes, I really come for the pan-fried dumplings and the green onion pancakes and the green beans. Yum!
first class dragon noodles and healthy soup. very fresh. friendly and fast service. moderate cost, often crowded at lunchtime. popular with asians and caucasians.
this restaurant was featured in the american tv show $40 a day for breakfast, lunch and supper.
The noodles here are fresh and delicious! I like the fried 'dragging noodles' with chicken, beef or pork. They are absolutely the best fried noodles in town. Even Rachel Ray featured this restaurant in one of her episodes of 'Tasty Travels'.
I had lunch last Friday with a friend and was surprised to see 2 other similar restaurants on the same block having hand made noodles. Sha Lin is the original one and had line ups in the past, but now with 2 other noodle restaurants, they are no longer having line ups, which is good for hungry stomachs. I have always liked the food here, but will eventually try the other 2 noodle places.
The servers were quick to greet me when I walked inside and they came right away with tea and the menus. Different types of noodles (dragging, cutting, etc) are made from the same dough that they knead behind this glass enclosed room you can watch them. Dragging noodles are like spaghetti and are good for soup or dry with a sauce poured on top. The cutting noodles are good in soup and stir fried. We ordered the Sha Jiang dragging noodles which is a dry noodle with a pork/bean paste sauce and cucumbers. I found the sauce by itself was a little salty for my liking, but mixed with the noodles and cucumber, it was just right. We ordered also a curried beef fried cutting noodle. The beef was very tender and the hint of curry flavour made the dish very tasty. It also had brocolli, carrots, green and red peppers.
I wanted to order the fried dumplings, but they only make them for dinner or in the weekends. I guess I will be back soon for dinner or in the weekends for those yummy dumplings.
I really like the food at the Sha Lin Noodle House. I come here at least twice a month and seem to order the same thing again and again - the Sha Lin noodle special with dragging noodles and BBQ pork. the pork and chive dumplings and the fried pork that comes with soft shells (which I believe are made of rice). Did I mention that I like pork?
Do not come here expecting anything whatsoever on the ambience front - it's less then spartan, loud at times and the bathrooms are an experience. The place is usually quite clean though. The waitresses are always friendly and smiling and are efficient at what they do. The food always comes quickly and is always hot.
As for the food quality itself, I really do love it. Yes it's dough and carbs, but that can hardly be helped. The portions are big and the tea just keeps on coming. As for comparing the price between here and China - you must be kidding. Of course you're not going to pay $1 for the dish. The prices are completely in line with what you'd pay at other places in Vancouver. My only complaint with the food is that the dragging noodle special can be very oily at times- I asked for less oil last time and got what I wanted.
So go and try the Sha Lin for yourself. I will continue to go back time and again because they always deliver the goods.
I have been to many restaurants in the Vancouver area from casual to fine dining. I have NEVER been treated so poorly as I was when I ate at this restaurant this past week. I had come here with my husband during the summer and I enjoyed the noodles but we both found the broth was very bland and that the service was sub par. We preferred the Peaceful restaurant nearby and went there instead for good service and food.
However, I decided to give Sha Lin another try with a friend of mine whom I invited out for lunch.
We met at the restaurant at 12 pm. My friend was a few minutes earlier than me and when I arrived the restaurant was full but she said it wasn't when she had sat down.
We ordered and ate our food in 40 minutes. At that time there were some people waiting at the door so the waitress asked if we could pay our bill which I did. We waited a few minutes for the change to come back and then chatted for a few more minutes at which time it was 1245. Two male patrons who were sitting next to us were also still talking after they had paid their bill so I didn't feel that rushed. The waitress then said to us that since we had been sitting in the restaurant for TWO hours could we leave? I was furious and told her that we had only been sitting for less than an hour and that her accusation was completely false. I then told her that I would NEVER come back to this restaurant again and I recommend that to any customer out there who wants to be treated with respect and not falsely accused. She wouldn't even look at me and ignored my comments. My big regrets are that in the rush to leave the place I forgot to pick up the tip that I had left behind earlier and that my friend was subjected to such rude "service".
Don't go to this place!!!!
Heard about this place from my other half. This place is small with dim lights. Pretty busy the first time we went, probably cause it was the weekend(sat). Waited about 15-20mins for a table. Service was ok, could be better. I'd order #33, it was beef & bean sprout, dragging noodle w/soup. We also, order the pork & veggie dumplings(dumplings are very big) FOOD WAS VERY GOOD! The second visit there I had the same but with the fried bun thingy w/ condense milk(also GOOD). Also tried other noodles but I think the Dragging noodles are the BEST!!! RECOMMEND
I like their food, to be fair.
Being demanded for tips? Oh, been there done that.
So, since when does tipping become mandatory when you go to a restaurant?! We went there because we enjoy the food. If the experience was unpleasant (i.e. the waitresses were slow and unfriendly, like someone just ran over their cats or something), we just don't tip.
However, we were stopped at the counter when we were making payments, the manager/owner/cashier demanded for a bigger tip or, told us do not bother come back AT ALL. Of course, we explained nicely the reason behind the small tip (Yes we did leave a relatively smaller tip!), and were just hoping he'd accept that and make improvements.
I guess we offended them big time. He told us that we were "supposed" to leave bigger tips when we go there, or he'd let us go, but we WILL BE BANNED from going back to the restaurant ever again.
If the tip goes straight towards the chefs and the young guy server, then we have no problem at all, because seriously, they did a fantastic job.l. I merely don't understand how they think it was right to demand a fat tip when there was no service provided at all.
If I was working there, I would've asked the patrons for suggestions, or where things went wrong, so that they wouldn't make the same mistake ever again. But no, they chose to treat their customers like that. Shame.
Will I go back? I think the answer is pretty obvious by now.