My favorite new spot is The Noodle Bar. Formerly Rocco's
restaurant, The Noodle Bar is a hip, new, mid-price restaurant
located at 5 Charles Street South (in the Transportation Building).
Owner Patrick Lamb has moved away from Rocco's rococo design and
high-priced Mediterranean fare and has hit on a new format that is
more in keeping with late 90's taste, style and pocket books.
The Noodle Bar features a cross-section of international noodles
dishes including Thai, Japanese, Italian and some interesting
co-minglings. The menu has multiple sections: noodles in broth,
noodles with seafood, noodles with poultry, you get the picture.
The noodle dishes are just that - noodles - they are not always
loaded with other goodies. But once you get over your surprise and
settle down to serious chopstick work you'll find the flavors are
substantial and delicious. My Thai-addicted husband orders the
garlicky Pad Thai every time and keeps raving "its better than
Jai's." My favorite, "Shrimp in a Mist" is a delicious spicy dish
of flat noodles topped with jumbo shrimps covered in a nifty noodle
batter. Its hard to describe, but well worth a try.
For those of you familar with Rocco's, rest assured that Lamb did
not tinker with some of Rocco's best features. The beautifully
painted, trompe l'oeil ceilings are intact and the bar is still one
of the best stocked in Boston. Ask for the martini menu and sample
the half dozen or so house specialties including the sake martini.
I dare you.
The atmosphere is decidedly funky with bright colors that are
somewhat reminiscent of the
FitzGerald wall colors, and neat
lighting fixtures and space dividers that reinforce the noodle
theme. Long a staple for theater goers, this place knows how to
pump out food fast and quickly turn a table. Don't worry about
reservations as they only take them for parties of 5 or more.
Dress is casual. Check it out.