Whether you’re lusting for laksa or feeling the pho, Melbourne has a whole host of delicious noodle joints hidden around every street corner. If you’re looking for a noodle bar that stands above the rest however, you’ve come to the right place! Here are our top five picks for a noodle bar that’ll knock your socks off.
Sheer perfection is the goal here, and you’ll never find a group of chefs more dedicated to impeccable standards. These guys start work at 3:30am every single morning, preparing broth, noodles, toppings and fillings from freshly delivered ingredients, and we can assure you that the effort pays off. Try the Chashu Tamago – it’s an authentically classic ramen dish topped with slices of yummy BBQ pork and a seasoned egg!
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When it comes to laksa in Melbourne, you won’t get better than Laksa King. This spacious, pleasantly decked-out restaurant serves up the best noodles in town, with a wide range of delectable choices to suit every palate. From mild to spicy, beef to pork, veggie to duck, there’s a laksa here for everyone. We’d particularly suggest sampling the fish head curry if you want something traditional and heartily delicious.
“On looks, premises wise, this place is nothing special. Nothing flash. But have a good look at the crowds especially on a Friday or Saturday. Then you will understand why I am yet to find any better laksa venue in all of Melbourne.” – Ange Kenos
Picking your favourite Melbourne pho joint is no small task, as at least three new ones seem to pop up every week. If you’re asking us, however, the answer is always Pho Hung Vuong 2. This place is quick, highly authentic and utterly delicious, with enough variety to keep things fresh (although we usually just go for the sliced beef pho. It’s so good). It’s also insanely cheap, which can’t be overlooked.
“So fast, cheap and yummy!! My go-to place for authentic pho!!” – Cindy Savage
Run by master chef Taka Kumayama, Shimbashi is the city’s first and only stop for traditional, handmade soba noodles. It’s a tranquil, rustically decorated venue with a real sense of heart, and the presentation of the dishes alone is enough to tell you just how much hard work goes into them. Order the chilli-infused salmon salad soba drizzled in basil sauce, and prepare to fall in love.
“Set in the pokey Liverpool Lane, Shimbashi is at the top of my list for authentic and quality Japanese food. They are famous for their handmade soba noodles which are made in-house. The soba can be served hot or cold so its great for all seasons. They have a lunch set menu which is good value and it comes with a delicious starter salad with dashi on top.” – svchu1
Char Kuay Teow
Double the Roti, double the fun, we always say! This seemingly unassuming Malaysian eatery packs a powerful punch when it comes to flavour, imbuing its dishes with a wealth of flair and spice. If we’re talking noodles, we’re definitely talking the ‘Char Kuay Teow’, with fishcake, prawns, egg, bean sprouts and chive. It’s just as good as the traditional fare you get from hawker centres in Singapore and we couldn’t be happier.