Visit the East for your mid-week dinner, and no, we don?t mean Bondi.
While we?d all love to whip up the perfect Chow Mein, Ramen or Pho each weeknight, the reality is most of lack the time, patience and skill. Luckily, hundreds of authentic noodle spots have opened in the last few years, meaning quality options are available for all taste buds ? no matter how picky.
Here, we?ve rounded up our top six spots in Sydney?s North. So, gather the family and spice up your mid-week dinner without having to cross the bridge.
1: Biang! Biang! Noodle House, Macquarie Shopping Centre
CBD cult favorite, Biang Biang has recently opened a new outlet in Macquarie Shopping Centre, bringing their famous ?Rougamo? to Sydney?s north. Big serves, casual seating and a street market-like atmosphere is what defines the Biang Biang experience. Perfect for gathering family and friends together mid-week, the restaurant?s signature offerings are guaranteed to delight.
Our advice: go with the classic and order noodles doused in extra chili oil.
Address: Level 3 (directly opposite Event Cinemas), Corner Herring Road and Waterloo Road, Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde
2: P?Nut Street Noodles, Dee Why
There is nothing quite as authentic as this Northern Beaches classic. Bringing the bustling streets of Thailand to Dee Why, P?Nut Street Noodles offers diners an immersive experience – all five senses included. Named after the head chef, P?Nut is the first noodle restaurant in Australia to use authentic, made-from-scratch sauce bases directly from Thailand.
The menu is brimming with street-style noodles, soups and salads, making it the perfect dinner spot for the whole family.
Did we mention it?s also BYO?
Address: Shop 8B/888 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
3: Banana Blossom, Macquarie Shopping Centre
Well known Northern Beaches staple, Banana Blossom has recently expanded into one of the North?s premier shopping destinations, Macquarie Shopping Centre. Renowned for its fresh and healthy meals that never skimp on taste, Banana Blossom?s classics are sure to satisfy your noodle fix, minus the guilt. The perfect pick me up for your lunch break, Banana Blossom excels with their expansive add-ons and personalisation options.
Address: Shop 2081, Corner Herring Road and Waterloo Road, North Ryde
4: Ryo Noodles, Crows Nest
It?s hard to miss the winding queue surrounding this whole in the wall. No bookings, cash only, shared tables and a help yourself water station, Ryo noodles somehow manages to float elegantly amidst the chaos. The 30-minute wait for a table is rectified by the less than five-minute wait for food, with hot dishes being passed left, right and centre.
Pro tip: Order the Miso Bolognese? it?s a smoky mystery your taste buds certainly won?t forget.
Address: 125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
5: Wockbar, Manly
Tucked away behind Manly Oval, Wockbar has been offering Manly locals authentic Asian street food for almost 20 years. Packed with flavourful classics and an additional vegetarian and coeliac menu, Wockbar will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Address: 3/27 Belgrave Street, Manly
6: Gumshara, Haymarket
Okay, I know we promised you didn?t need to cross the bridge for your noodle fix, but the Tonkotsu ramen at Gumshara is certainly worth the journey. Oily and slippery, head chef Mori Higashida?s menu is as authentic as it gets. So, if you happen to find yourself in Haymarket, take a trip to the Eating World food court and order the Shoyu Ramen with a curry bomb add on. You can thank us later.
Address: Eating World Food Court, 25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket