There is an interesting new restaurant opened in Wolverhampton, where the branch of Pizza Hut used to be in the town centre on Victoria Street. Although there is another Paper Duck restaurant in Kent, which is a buffet, this branch seems related but distinctly different, for a start you order from the menu. The menu is also the paper placemat on the table, which is kind of cool too.
The restaurant is essentially a mix of different regions, from Chinese to Japanese, and it describes itself as a noodle bar, but it offers a good range of rice dishes too! The place certainly looks the part, there are benches to sit on, comfy chairs too, but unlike Wagamama the seating is a bit more private, and the decorations on the walls is fabulous and modern. There is honestly nowhere else quite like it in our city.
The menu is pleasing and simple to understand, for main courses there are two main sections, Rice n Noodles and the Noodle Soup, which you then follow through like a bit of a flow chart. For example;
Step 1 - I picked thick Udon noodles from the selection of rice and noodles
Step 2 - I choose my stir-fry, and went for Singapore Special (shrimps, ham, onions, peppers, mushrooms, corn and chillies)
Step 3 - time to pick a sauce, and I went for Black Bean
From this, loads of food arrived, I had a large plate heaped with goodies. The noodles were thick, soft and fun to eat. They were chunky and substantial, but a bit fiddly with the old chop sticks! The stir-fry itself was perfect. The sauce had a rich flavour, but all the elements of the Singapore Special shone through. The peppers were fresh and had a bit of crunch, as did the onions. The shrimps gave a gentle saltiness to the mix, and the ham had a slight sweetness. Every mouthful was different, and the mix of textures was pure heaven. I couldn’t get enough of it. My mum opted for sweet and sour prawns with egg fried rice. She thoroughly enjoyed her meal too, the prawns were succulent, the sauce was well balanced and not too sweet and the rice was perfectly fluffy.
We were both very impressed in terms of the balance of flavours, and the freshness of the ingredients. The speed at which we had been served up till then was also good too. We had a look at the dessert menu, and both opted for the Oreo Cookie Cream Sundae. What followed was the only negative part of the meal, and that was a slight delay in being served. The restaurant had got a bit busier, but wasn’t full, and we had to ask twice to remind them about our puddings. When they came though, they were worth the wait! The sundaes were big, with lots of ice cream, chocolate sauce and crumbled biscuits, all topped with a wafer - heaven!
It is so nice to see a new restaurant like this opening up in Wolverhampton. It is something a bit different, and the food quality is top notch. I’m hoping the delay in the puddings was just down to teething problems because if they sort that out it will be the perfect place to go for your noodle craving!
Our main course (at lunch time) were £6.99 each and the desserts were £3.99 so I can’t argue with the value either. Definitely a place I’ll be going back to, and hopefully somewhere which will bring people into the centre.