Monday, 2 January 2012

Fat Noodle - The Star - Sydney, Australia

Fat Noodle

Fat Noodle is located within the main gaming area of The Star, serving a dynamic mix of Chinese, Thai, Malay and Vietnamese dishes in the open kitchen. The man behind this restaurant is Luke Nguyen, one of Australia's leading celebrity chefs.

The star dish is the 'Pho'. A 20 hour beef broth with thinly sliced Angus sirloin and brisket, bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, fresh chilli and rice noodles.
With a Vietnamese/Chinese background, I have very high expectations of Asian food and believe that you should get your moneys worth. Having been to Fat Noodle twice, I was rather disappointed with the food on both occasions. Priced much higher that the usual Vietnamese restaurant, the food is nice but not that great.

Upon seating, you are served complementary tea in a very heavy iron pot. I ordered the 'Lychee and Lemon Soda ($4.50) and it was basically lemonade with the addition of lychee from the can.

I have had the 'Fat Pho Noodles' on both occasions and it came out warm not hot. I like my soup based dishes be steaming hot as it tastes so much better. The stock had a subtle flavour but lacked the punch as I found it to be bland and lacked seasoning. I would say the rice noodles were one of the best I have tried; it wasn't too thin and had a bite to it  which I prefer over the usual noodles served at other pho restaurants. The Angus beef was soft and melted in the mouth. At $18 a dish, I guess your paying for the atmosphere more than the actual dish itself.

The 'Hainan Chicken' ($16) was dry and lacked the sweet chicken flavour. The soup tasted like it was mixed with fish sauce and had an odd taste to it. The condiments were bland and didn't have much kick. Having tried this dish in Singapore, it lacked that flavour that its suppose to have.

As an entree we had the 'Silken Tofu' ($9) but it came out last. I was expecting a light crunch but the tofu had a thin layer of flour that was barely fried. It lacked flavour once again  even though it had hints of chopped chilli on top. Needed a side dipping sauce.

It's a place worth trying if you're in the area for the sake of trying but it can be missed.
A public holiday surcharge of $2 applies per main dish.

Level 1, Casino
The Star,
80 Pyrmont Street,
Pyrmont NSW 2009

Guests must be over 18 years of age to enter.

Opening Hours
Sun-Thurs 11.30am – 2.30am,
Fri & Sat 11.30-6.00am


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