Location: West End
Price Range: ££
LFM Score: 2/5
Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3
Does Central London need another noodle joint? London Foodie Mama went to investigate the recently opened Tang Noodle Bar off Tottenham Court Road for their soft launch (we like a 50% discount). The team at Tang appeared to have invested some cash and thought into this venture, with a slick website and contemporary décor – exposed lightbulbs, wooden tables, bare pipes and newspaper wallpaper…you get the gist.
The venue is easy to miss…in fact it’s just a door that you can miss as you walk past the neighbouring YMCA. I felt like an agent stumbling upon a secret underground site – let’s hope they gain customers through word of mouth otherwise they may struggle with just passers-by.
On to the food. LFM had the ‘Prawn Tang’ – an enticing description of ‘spicy prawn and pork broth’. Sadly, the broth failed to live up to expectation lacking any punch or depth that we have come accustomed to from the likes of ramen bars of Tonkotsu or Kanada-Ya. They claim to offer a lighter broth but it just didn’t do it for us and the noodles lacked any bite. And at a price tag of £12 for a bowl of noodles, frankly I’d head to China Town and eat double. On a positive note, the tiger prawns were succulent and the staff were accommodating to my special dietary requirements, allowing a couple of swapsies.
Should you bring the kids? Well if you are brave enough to drag the kids to central London, then maybe. The venue is casual but pretty compact so could fit a maximum of 2 slim buggies. No high chairs or baby changing.