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Fat Noodle, Sydney

I have heard wonderful things about Fat Noodle which is located in the gaming floor of Sydney casino, Star City. It features large communal tables, an open kitchen and because it is on the gaming floor, kids are not allowed in the restaurant.

Luke Nguyen is the consulting chef to Fat Noodle. The menu is in fact very Chinese with influences from South-East Asia and not very Vietnamese as I had predicted. The menu ‘offers a fresh twist on traditional recipes and ingredients’.

I came here with the family and thought we would all pick a dish each.

I couldn’t go past the Salt n Pepper silken tofu – fried fresh Chilli, Garlic ($9).

The tofu was lightly battered and fried, the tofu was deliciously soft and tender. I loved the hint of chilli and garlic, it was too hard not to eat the whole thing on my own! Definitely one of my favourites of the evening!

The spring rolls with pork, glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms and fish sauce ($8) was my brother, F’s, favourite! Crunchy and crispy but quite pricey for what it is – $2 each!

Next, slow braised caramelised pork belly with jasmine rice ($16). Large chunks of tender, succulent pork belly which was wonderfully sweet and gooey. Dad thought the pork meat wasn’t tender enough, but he claims that he’s old and his teeth aren’t as strong!

The angus beef: wok tossed with lemongrass vermicelli noodles with fresh Vietnamese herbs ($18) was a favourite amongst the diners. I love the sauce, it was a little tangy and very lemongrass-y. I personally don’t like vermicelli noodles as there’s not enough ‘bite’ but the family certainly enjoyed it, especially Mum.

The abalone and chicken congee ($17) was a little pricey I thought but it was definitely a generous serving. It was served with shallots, nuts (?!), pickles and bamboo shoots. The congee was thick and a little bland without any sauce or salt. The chicken was tender, unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of abalone in the congee and was a little tough. My parents enjoyed it which says a lot because they make a killer congee and thought this was superb.

The prawn and pork noodle (tom yum style) $18 was a little ordinary I thought. The prawn and pork were nice, the soup was tangy with a hint of chili, reminded me a bit like tom yum soup. It was nice but nothing special I thought.

They had a special that evening – crab in sauce ($18). I do like crab but there is something about crab outside the comfort of your own home. It’s incredibly messy and sometimes I feel eating crab a little unsatisfying! Too much effort and not enough meat! However, the crab that evening was tasty and meaty and for $18 extremely good value! I did manage to cut my thumb whilst eating it, blood pouring and the waiter was kind enough to get me a bandaid and once that was taped, I returned to the food.

Unfortunately Fat Noodles does not take reservations, so get there early before the rush. If you don’t mind sitting on the high communal table, you are most likely to be seated a lot quicker than individual tables. Turnover is relatively quick, so don’t fret, we waited for less than 20 minutes for a table of five on a Saturday night at 7pm.

It’s loud and if you are sitting on the communal table then chances are you will hear other people’s conversation and they will hear yours! I wouldn’t say it is a ‘romantic’ place for dinner but it is quick, and reasonably priced. Food is delicious and quite ‘authentic’ and I do certainly love those bite size tofu!

I have heard that their brisket is to die for, I guess another visit is in order.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Fat Noodle

2 Levey St Star City Casino


Ph: +61 2 1800 700 700

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  1. June 15, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I’m going here with Laura on Friday night…looking forward to a return visit (I’m impressed you got to take photos as we were asked to stop last visit – sad face)! I loved the tofu too.

    • June 15, 2011 at 6:39 am

      Ya sorry i can’t make it – would have loved to have gone again with you! i ‘secretly’ took it out. it was an effort though!

  2. June 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Mmmm, it all looks so good. Looks like you could have a swim in the congee, and I totally agree re the effort eating crab. Doesn’t stop me going all in though, even when we’re out!
    ^^ Yes, I think they get a bit sensitve about cameras in the casino, esp since its on the actual gaming floor.

    • June 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      hey tina, you should definitely check it out! same – i complain about how troublesome it is but still cant help but dig right into it!

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