Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar, South Yarra, Melbourne
Since I last lived in South Yarra, there’s been an explosion of new eating places, many of these being Asian. It’s probably to do with the growth of all the apartment blocks, also part of the reason why I decided to move on. For a late night dinner I check out shiny new eatery Lanzhou Beef Noodle bar.
Lanzhou to you and you
For the longest time I was actually scared of these noodles. I had always though they were mega spicy (well, they can be), but there are some more tame options. But the biggest thing – the noodles are so delicious. I love the thick, chunky ones where you can taste the freshness on each bite. The chewy texture, the flavourful broth – how yum is that?
The only crime at Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar are the drinks. Our green tea (just a shitty tetley bag was $3). It came in a small paper cup and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so ripped off.
Oodles of noodles
The store was nice and clean, though most of the seating is stools which I don’t really enjoy, especially with slurpy soups. The staff were enough to serve us (we came 25min before closing) and it took almost that amount of time for us to finish our meals.
I went for the standard beef noodle soup, a lot of the other popular items had already sold out by this point. Beef was on point, soup was flavourful, lots of garnish, lots of depth. The spicy version was tolerable to me, so also no crazy chillies here (unless you want, and I’m sure they can accomodate). The food comes fast and you also get your choice of noodle which is neat. There was seven types to choose from from memory. It’s a cool experience at Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar in South Yarra but my advice is to stick to the noodles.