Do you remember the Seinfeld ‘Soup Nazi’ episode? The one where hungry patrons queued up willingly to be abused by a shop owner, just so they could get a bowl of mouth-watering soup? Well, diners can now experience this bittersweet thrill fi rsthand at Sydney’s Chinese Noodle House. While no one’s going to outright scream at you, the delightfully pushy (yet secretly friendly) waitresses do want you fed, paid and gone ASAP during rush hour.
The epitome of everything that’s right when it comes to no-mess, no-fuss dining, this bustling, cramped eatery draws a blend of students, regulars and a smattering of those lucky enough to have stumbled across it by accident – all keen to sample perfect, no-frills Chinese fare.
Tucked just around the corner from Chinatown’s main drag, what this dumpling institution lacks in decor it more than makes up for in ambience. Hustled into a restaurant no bigger than a bedroom and seated elbow-to-elbow with patrons either side, you are welcomed with a pot of complimentary green tea and expected to order fairly quickly to ensure the rapid turnaround desired by management. And the moment you’ve swallowed your last morsel, you’re hustled out again.
To help expedite the process (read: don’t sit on your $8.50 plate of dumplings for an hour) we recommend the fried vegetable dumplings and braised eggplant, which is enough to feed two moderately ravenous people. If you rock up before rush hour or happen to catch them during a rare slow night, then the mood is decidedly more chilled – making it the perfect location for that unassuming second date. Next!
8 Quay St, Prince Centre (entrance on Thomas St), Haymarket
(02) 9281 4508
Open Mon–Sun 11am–9pm