It took the coldest day in November to convince me to try this delightful restaurant. I was in downtown Albuquerque and ready to eat at the first restaurant I came across just to escape the blustery winds. Asian Noodle Bar has such a modest exterior that I had often passed it without considering stopping in for a meal. On this chilly November day, however, I needed little convincing. The restaurant itself is cozy and spotless, with warm-toned furniture and an open kitchen. I ordered the Japanese Udon noodle soup and an order of spring rolls to go. As inviting as the restaurant was, I really wanted to savor my meal in front of the evening news on my comfy sofa.
The Japanese Udon Noodle Soup was excellent. The noodles and broth are served “cold-hot” style meaning that the noodles are room temperature while the broth, kept in a separate bowl is steaming hot. Pour the broth over the noodles, vegetables, and tempura and you’re ready to eat. The broth is very flavorful, the noodles and vegetables were absolutely fresh and full of flavor. The shrimp tempura had a delicate crispness balanced with fresh-tasting shrimp.
Now let me tell you about the spring rolls. The crepes are so delicate and transparent. The vegetables have that perfect snap of freshness, with a perfectly seasoned dipping sauce. Three spring rolls come as a single order of quite generous proportions. Excellent.
This will not be the last time I will visit the Asian Noodle Bar. Most noodle soup offerings on the menu are just under $10.00. Like many restaurants in downtown ABQ, the storefront is modest and calls little attention to itself. You can easily pass it by without noticing it. Don’t. This has been one of the most delightful culinary finds I’ve made so far in Albuquerque.
318 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM