May 25, 2017
Flamingo Road just outside of Chinatown has become a noodle nirvana. Whatever your preference there's a good chance you'll find it in the mile stretch between the Palms and Jones Blvd. The newest noodle in the neighborhood can be had at Oodle Noodle. This space was formerly an Izakaya serving small plates. The concept has been revamped and the focus is now a freshly made udon noodle bar.
Truth be told, my experience is extremely limited when it comes to udon. But, that's just what led me to Oodle Noodle. One of life's greatest joys is being introduced to various cultures through food. Maybe, I speak for myself, but I really love eating my way through the world. I'm so fortunate to live in a place that is such a melting pot that something new is always just around the corner.
Back to Oodle Noodle, they have lunch specials that offer combinations at a few price points depending on your selection. Frankly, I was a little overwhelmed by the options, I wanted to try it all, but had little knowledge of what any of it was. The waitress was obliging and steered me toward a few suggestions. I was grateful.
Maybe I'm a bit sophomoric, but I didn't want to embarrass either of us if I asked for bukkake. Yes, that's right. Let's not go there. Rather, bukkake udon is simply chilled noodles in broth. I tried the chicken karaage tartar bukkake udon ($8.80). Chicken karaage is like fried chicken. It was crispy, juicy and served with creamy tartar sauce on bed of greens that topped the noodles nested in the broth. The lemony flavor was light and brightened the dish. The noodles were fresh with just the right amount of chewiness. It was a good start. I'm interested to try more of the offerings.