• Noodle Kingdom

175 Russell Street
Melbourne 3000
03 9654 2828

Eating lunch with my Chinese friend today, noodles were compulsory as dictated by the superstitions of the Chinese calendar.  I enjoy life, and if this can be extended by eating noodles, I am happy to oblige.

Recently renovated, Noodle Kingdom has gone from dirty and indifferent, to pleasant and polite. There are no more oily tables, neglectful staff or off-putting smells.  Those quirks have been replaced with a stylish brown, gold and red wallpaper depicting fishes in a relaxing pattern; new, dark and clean tabletops; helpful staff and a new outlook.  Noodle Kingdom has reinvented itself.

When Noodle Kingdom opened years ago, I became a regular.  I was drawn by the novelty and deliciousness of their handmade noodles.  It was also a nice stop off point during a late night drinking session (if you need a snack at 2am, this is the place to go), or after a concert on a Friday or Saturday night.

Luckily, the menu has remained the same.  It includes several vegetarian options: split noodles with vegetables or egg and tomato, dried tofu, long egg noodles and vegetable noodle soup.

I have always liked the hot and sour noodle soup with tofu, ginger, mushrooms and bamboo shoots.  This dish is usually served with pork and their willingness to make a vegetarian version depends on the staff that day.   I suggest double checking that there is no meat in your serve before you dig in.

The dishes here are massive, especially if you eat in.  A bowl of noodles can easily be two meals.  If you cannot finish, they will give you a takeaway container for 20 cents.

I am actually quite excited about the new look Noodle Kingdom.  Being one of my old haunts, I am eager to show it off to my hygiene anxious friends now that it is up to their standards.

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  1. Lol, I'm sure the noodles made your day, and your blog did make my day, ha! Thanks for the lovely lunch, we'll revist with no question :-)

  2. Oo.. I walked past the other day and wasn't sure if my eyes were playing tricks with me! So it has been renovated! Phew! Hahaha

  3. Anon - Thanks! Glad you liked it. I am happy to eat there with you anytime, or whenever you have time.

    Hi mshihua, thanks for your note. I was surprised too! I didn't even know they were renovating. It now looks great.

  4. Noodle Kingdom is one of my all time favourite places to eat in the CBD. I have very mixed emotions about the reno...but look forward to checking it out for myself! G :)

  5. Hi Georgia, how are you going? Really? You don't know if you like the renovations? I think it is much nicer than before. At least the food is still good - that is unquestionable. Elisa

  6. No, no - I haven't seen them - I meant that I have mixed emotions generally...part of the whole Noodle King experience was about worrying if you'd trip over a bag of thawing chickens while going up the stairs and cleaning your cutlery prior to eating. I'm sure it's a much nice ambiance there now. Hope you're well! :)

  7. Oh ok, I am not really a fan of thawing chickens. Or salmonella. But agree they can definitely build character.;)

  8. I haven't been to the Noodle Kingdom in the CBD but there is another one on High St in Preston. Delicious food, a great atmosphere and no thawing chickens in sight. Plus watching them making the noodles gives it an extra bit of charm!