Sunday, 30 December 2012
On most Saturday nights, my boyfriend and I go out for dinner, just to try new restaurants and enjoy food together.
On one of our most recent outings, it was a chilly Saturday night and I was really craving for noodle soup. I knew of a restaurant that I knew would be perfect for a chilly night since I've heard good reviews about it.
We made our way to Udon West which is located in East Village, NYC on St. Marks Place around 6:45-7PM. I was surprised that even though we were heading for dinner a tad early, we still had to wait 10-15 minutes.
The restaurant sure was warm, cozy, and has a bar where you can sit and watch the chefs whip up your food in seconds and minutes. There's also 2-4 tables in the back where you can also sit too.
My boyfriend ordered the curry udon set which cost $8.95. He always loves to order Japanese noodle soup with curry. His set came with a plate of white rice with a rich and aromatic curry sauce.
I was able to try the curry sauce and it was just amazing. One of the best curry sauces I ever tasted. It's crazy how inexpensive the meal set was and amazing it tasted.
I ordered the gyoza set which was also $8.95. My set came with a bowl of white rice, gyoza, and fried calamari udon noodle soup. My boyfriend scooped some of the curry sauce on top of my rice.
The gyoza didn't have that crispy or crunchy texture on the bottom which disappointed me a little, but besides that it was moist and flavorful inside.
I ordered the fried calamari with udon because I was craving for fried calamari and just wanted to try something different. The fried calamari was obviously soggy since it made contact with the soup, but it was cooked to the right texture. The soup/broth was rich and flavorful. I really enjoyed the noodles. They were soft, smooth, and cooked just right.
I really enjoyed coming to Udon West because the udon noodles were authentic and even though I was never a fan of udon noodles before, I am now. I think we definitely made the right choice by coming here on a cold and chilly night.
What do you like to eat on cold/chilly nights?