The sign outside just reads ‘Noodle Bar’, and there’s an unappealing line of bright orange dishes up front. While the first signs might tell you to make a run for it, rest assured that this place does Chinese hand-pulled noodles (la mian) properly. It’s extremely basic in setup - cheap and cheerful cafe interiors, cash-only - but if you just want a delicious, satisfying bowl of noodles, it’s a good call. Go for the roast pork or beef brisket noodle soup.
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Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung in Covent Garden is the first European outpost of well-known Taiwanese dumpling restaurant. It’s great for a snappy lunch or solo visit.
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Sichuan Folk is a tasty and inexpensive old school Chinese restaurant just off Brick Lane.
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