I’ve been wanting to try Noodles of the World on Station Street since it opened last month, and last Friday I had just the excuse: I was two days overdue delivering this baby so needed some spicy food to get things moving.
As we approached the restaurant I asked the Mister, “Do you think we’ll be the only ones here?” I’m not out enough in Duncan to know what the nightlife is like. We weren’t alone; in fact, Sarah, the gorgeous owner, had to ask a couple to come back in half an hour in hopes a table would become vacant. A good sign.
I ordered a Thai curry (shied away from the super-spicy Jamaican Jerk Pork on special) and the Mister had a peanut chicken bowl thing — the chef’s specialty. The first bite of my curry explained why the place was full on Friday night: a perfect combination of fresh cilantro, noodles, veggies, lemongrass, creamy curry sauce, and — my absolute favourite thing about this menu — Cowichan Bay Farm chicken. My stomach is squished up to my ribs but I still managed to nearly finish the entire bowl. And the Mister, well, his peanut chicken bowl thing didn’t have a chance.
I declined dessert but the Mister can’t resist anything chocolatey. Melissa, Sarah’s engaging sidekick, served up heaven in a cup: it was like chocolate mousse but made with coconut milk; whipped cream and raspberries as a garnish. Full as I was, I kindly helped out the Mister by eating my share of it.
When I got home, I immediately called my friend in Victoria to tell her about our delicious meal. Partly because I know how much she loves food, especially anything Asian, but mostly because I wanted to brag about our new, fabulous restaurant in — of all places — Duncan.
As for getting the baby moving, I should have had the Jamaican Jerk Pork. The wait continues…