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.
Tried this place for the first time and the food I found was average and overpriced. It was tasty and spicier than I thought it would be, but definetely overpriced for Asian Noodles.
Nice atmosphere and decor but that does not warrant the price.
and I've given it three tries now. Being a diehard noodle lover (never met a noodle I didn't like - OOPS! NOT TRUE ~ I nearly starved to death in Korea), the food at this place ranges between so hot that it's inedible, or totally flavourless.
The last two times I went because of a gift certificate given to me by a friend (who passed it along, so that tells you something, after it already being passed along). We have had 3 meals, making three different choices, three different times. All the dishes were flavourless and the last time, the noodles were uncooked.
To be honest, I love hot food and live on Tabasco, but once you remove the heat from these dishes, aside from the flavour inherent in the ingredients, there's little else to celebrate. At least, that is my humble opinion, and I've given it my last shot.
I expected a little more food quality wise from the Noodle Box. Basically it's fast food, but a definite cut above run of the mill burger joints and such. For ten bucks I had Cambodian Jungle Curry and a side of rice. Can't beat that price. Too bad the cashier/server warned me off trying anything more than "medium" heat. Was actually pretty tame. Will definitely try again when in need of a quick meal.
I agree with the last review I want to like this place.
They have to get a handle on their food a bit better. Not so much water in the curry would be a great start. Too bland in the flavor and too spicy in the hot. Medium spice means medium spice. With the detailed spicy chart you would think they would have that down.
Also I know the place is hip and all but making people stand at the counter for ten minutes while you socialize with friends doesn't make for repeat customers.
Great concept I do hope they get the kinks out this place could be really good.
It's just noodles, vegetables and meat (or tofu) in a box. I like the idea, and sometimes their dishes are good but when it comes down to it, it's overpriced and overrated. It can get really busy which means waiting more than 20 - 30 minutes. They can be really heavy handed with the spice (even ordering mild medium, i do like spicy food but a few times it has almost been inedible) and there is always so much sloppy sauce left in the bottom after all the noodles are gone. Plus forget trying to park near either location during the lunch and dinner rush... If you do decide to go here, phone your order in ahead of time!
Noodle Box has always been inconsistent. But it used to be from really good to excellent. Now it's from dry and stingy with ingredients to drowning in sauce and stingy with ingredients. My wife orders her boxes without any meat and asks for extra vegetables but even though they say they'll do it there are barely any vegetables and the cost is the same as if you had meat. I've had my meat combo boxes come with more veggies than my wife’s extra veggie box.
Do they hate vegetarians? Or are they so stingy that they'll try to stick it to you any way they can.
Don't be fooled by long line ups and some decent reviews. Noodle box isn't the place it used to be. Every time they raise their prices they cut their quality.
We all need to support some other place that is the Noodle Box of 3-4 years ago; some place that isn't above making delicious, basic food at a decent price.
I've been to this Noodle Box location many times so I feel I can be rather objective with this review.
Location itself is fine; cool place to sit and watch a busy kitchen and other patrons.
Food quality is ok: it seems that lately I keep getting boxes filled with 25% sauce/juice, therefore it is necessary to order an extra rice if I want noodles. It is absurd to have people play extra for meat: the quantity of meat that is included in a normal box is a joke (for example, 2 or 3 prawns at most, or 1/4 chicken breast, or 3 or 4 small strips of beer + 95% of the remaining box is noodles, bean sprouts and other ingredients).
Price: over priced.
Spice Level: there are multiple levels but they just seem to be all very similar.
I will not be eating Noodle Box any more.
On Friday nights this place is packed. Very popular and lively. Choose your noodlebox and go up and order it, then watch your food being made while you wait. Personally, I think the food is pretty average, but it's fun to order and it comes in a little take-out box which is good if you're on the go.
I'll admit, the first few times I came to the Noodle Box, I enjoyed myself. The food seemed good, the little boxes were extremely kitsch, and though the wait time always seemed rather long for the food they were cooking, I felt satisfied in the end.
I hadn't been for close to a year, and upon my return, I found myself wondering what I had ever seen in the Noodle Box. The food portions seemed smaller - the first time I'd been I had eaten about half and had been stuffed - the food was less flavourful, and I was just generally less impressed and less willing to pay the $10 a box they were charging. I'm not sure if it was the food or my standards that changed, but based on the last few reviews, I'm going to go with the former. The atmosphere is still cute, but always having to sit near a drafty door is starting to get old.
This place is extremely inconsistent. I have had extremely friendly cashiers, and extremely rude and disinterested cashiers. I order the same spiciness (medium) every time and it is a roulette. Sometimes I can't taste spice AT ALL, rarely is it spot on and occasionally it burns my mouth off! It seems each cook has their own idea of what spicy is, so why have a range of spiciness at all?
It is a busy, funky atmosphere and they are excellent at accomodating food allergies. I usually end up going when out with friends who have a variety of dietary needs.
With better consistency and friendlier front end staff it could be so much better.
I've been to this place once and I'll never go back. I went with 1 other person, we got our own noodle boxes and they were just loaded. You get a lot for your money but it's not very good at all. The box is jammed packed and it has way too much sauce. My noodles were swimming in a box of sauce! There are a lot of veggie's and toppings but the combination of everything seems like it was just thrown together and bashed into a box. I have tried many Asian eateries in Asian and Vancouver ... I'd have to say this place isn't authentic at all.
We read some reviews about this place having good food at a good price. It was always busy when we passed by too. Our initial experience was with an unfriendly cashier and it went downhill from there. Although we ordered two different dishes, it was hard to distinguish between them when we picked them up. The food had no flavors other than high sodium sauces and too much of it. There was a lot of food, but it was not worth the money.
Noodle boxes should come with a warning label warning of addiction. I know people who eat at the Noodle Box (both locations) more than a few times a week. The beauty of it is that you get to choose how you'd like the noodle box made. You can have your choice of meats or tofu and you can choose how mild or hot you'd like your noodle box to be. Be aware that it's all made to order, so consistency can be an issue, but tastiness is a guarantee. The staff are friendly and they are open to requests, such as omitting fish sauce for vegans. Perfect take-out for wandering the streets or taking to the beach. Awesome!