Headed there on a warm lunchtime with my lovely friend and work colleague, Lenka and as we headed further and further into the car park, we were transported to the back streets of Bangkok. The menu is small but the little tick sheet helps with the decision making and we went up to the cash register to order.
I wanted to try the house speciality boat noodles but my head was swayed by the lure of tom yum with pork and prawn. Tom yum is my ultimate fave. Lenka ordered the boat noodles though and I'd heard portions were small and people have had two bowls so we upsized. And ordered Thai milk tea to add to the occasion.
Food arrived quickly in homely plastic crockery. Plenty of meat in both bowls; not as much noodle as I'd like for $15. The tom yum actually had a couple of prawn dumplings as well as pork. It's a light fragrant broth that has a bit of zip and tang but not really the intensity of what I've had previously. It's tasty though but just not quite what I was expecting. I made use of the condiments on the table to amp up the flavours.
My limited experience of boat noodles is that it's a bit too intense for me but I was open to trying as I've not had it that many times. I took a slurp of Lenka's and whilst it was less murky and intense as what I've had previously, it's still not my favourite form of soup noodles. The lighter, clearer flavours of broth like in pho and the tom yum are my cup of tea. Speaking of which the Thai iced milk tea was delicious; perfect blend of flavour, creaminess and sweetness.
Both bowls of noodles were good but could do with more zip, zing and whallop. I like it enough to return though. Besides it's fun to spend a lunch break in a car park right?