Satiate your duck craving at Noodle Oodle in Bayswater
By Aku Fu
I have to say that I love duck; and duck with wet noodles can really hit the spot.
So I found myself heading over to Noodle Oodle again in Bayswater – a place made famous by Gordon Ramsay himself, who once filmed learning to make noodles here (something they’re not shy of promoting either).
And “again” is the key word here, since it’s a place I like enough to frequent, mainly for their Pandan leaf wrapped chicken starter (above), and the roast duck with noodle soup – two dishes I dream about.
The service is efficient and fast, and while the waiters are helpful, they may come across as rude at times in their bid to be effective in what they do.
The place is simple and small, and despite being busy for a weeknight evening, it had a good turnaround, with the food coming out speedily.
To drink, I tried the Teh Tarik (£2.50), a favourite of mine from Malaysia that’s my home away from home, while my partner tried Lime Juice (2.50).
As a starter, we also went for both the chicken dumplings and the Wanton soup.
It seems, however, that these two dishes use the same type of chicken dumplings, which is disappointing when on the face of it the two dishes sound different.
I tried the Triple Roast Meat Platter, which had Crispy Duck, Roast Chicken, and BBQ Chicken.
And though we managed to over order on the noodles, it did result in me taking away the surplus for another day.
While the chicken was not anything to write about, for me at least the duck was enjoyable without being great, though others disagreed.
Duck can be fatty, and since Chinese cuts of meat are such that butchers from that region do tend to chop through the bone in cross sections, you’ll get the odd fatty piece here and there.
Despite the restaurant promoting its noodles as handmade, I don’t find them to be exceptional.
Other dishes had were your normal Chinese takeaway quality that were fine, and may be preferable for non-duck lovers.
I will be back again, but I’m not sure if I’ll try anything new – that’s how much I love duck!
106 Queensway, London W2 3RR.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00 | Sun 12:00–22:30