Wednesday, April 18, 2007


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  • 'Last night there was a mouse in my house and I didnt fancy eating in but there was nowhere for me to pop too locally so I starved (literally)..'

    Don't think Plumstead Common is quite as bereft of eating places as the writer suggests, got a suggestion for anyone who doesn't fancy cooking, one night, who wants good food, a friendly atmosphere, excellent service and somewhere that doesn't break the bank. That is the Capital Noodle Bar, 42-44 Plumstead Common Road. Don't be put off by the slightly care worn exterior, as new signage is about to go up, they are just waiting for the carpenter.

    Inside it is spotless, not just the dining area, but throughout (I checked the council's latest inspection report) and they once again received the council's food hygiene award in December 2006, something not all local establishments have got.
    The service is excellent, Yen (the manager) and her team will quickly and efficiently bring you what you want from their extensive menu, but don't be bound by that as they are quite happy to bring what you want, the way you want it. I, being a devout carnivore always insist on no peas or carrotts in my Curry (mixed meat is my favourite).
    Yen (very much in charge)
    Don't worry about the location, right next to the Barnfield Estate, I have been going there every week for the last 3 years without incident, and anyway it is very popular with the local constabulary!!
    They have an excellent range of Side dishes, I particularly like the Spicy Chicken Wings, but be warned, it is best to share, as you get loads for £3.30. All the main courses can come with Noodles, Vermicelli, Ho Fun, or Fried or Steamed Rice. as well as the aforementioned Curry, the Singapore Fried Vermicelli is excellent. If you fancy something a bit different, especially on a cold day, try one of the main course soups, I guarantee you won't need a starter as they are huge and come steaming hot. Main courses are £3.30-£3.80 including rice etc. They do take away orders, but not home delivery (020 8855 8668) but my advice is to eat in as the atmosphere is great and it has got to have the widest range of people from all sections of our community eating there. As for drinks it is fully licensed, but I go for the excellent freshly squeezed fruit juice (£1.50) and Chinese Tea (as much as you want at 80p per person!).
    As the weather is great, if you live anywhere around the Common it is a lovely walk to get there, try it, I am sure you won't be disappointed. If you live nearer the High Street, don't despair as The Red Lion Noodle Bar right on the High Street, is just as good and run by Yen's sister!! with the same menu,but a few yummy extras (such as the deep fried Crab's Claws) and they have seats not benches!!

    If anyone else wants to recommend somewhere local to eat, I would love to hear about it.

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    At 4:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have been to the High Street one and great ribs n sauce but dont like the sweet n sour sauce - too watery..Havent tried this one although have driven past it, might be tempted tonight to pop along.
    I know it is not on the doorstep local but I ate recently at Nico's the Greek restaurant in New Eltham (10 mins in car if that) and it was lovely and only £40 for 2 courses each and some beers

    At 9:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There is no second 'p' in Plumsteadshire

    At 11:43 am, Anonymous xtra said...

    Thank you for appreciating what is available, and not whining and pining about what isn't available.

    At 4:37 pm, Blogger J.B said...

    I hope you're getting a cut of their takings !

    It does look nicer than the place on Plumstead high-street.

    At 12:36 pm, Blogger sibonetic said...


    Not getting a cut, sadly, but they are friends of mine


    At 1:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    King's Indian Restaurant (Ambala) on the High Street is really good. It's got more of a cafe' feel to it, the food is very tasty, reasonably priced & b.y.o too! Def worth a visit.

    At 7:39 am, Blogger sibonetic said...

    Will try King's sounds right up my Street, thanks for the tip,

    At 11:44 pm, Blogger Pangloss said...

    I've been a fan of our Capital noodle bar ever since it opened. It's easily the best around for this kind of price. Beats the ones in Greenwich, Lewisham and Catford hands down. I would even go as far as saying it is much better than Wagamama - they are trying too hard.

    A great recommendation. Thanks.

    Another personal favourite is Goan Cuisine on Plumstead High Street. Pointless to mention really as I think it has now shut down. Seriously tasty and different.

    At 10:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I walked past the Goan Restaurant one evening last week and saw that it was being renovated. Not sure what's going in there? Does anyone have any idea?

    At 4:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There's a Nigerian Restaurant opening up in place of the Goan Restaurant, the signage is up now.


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