2009

Noodle Theory Restaurant Review, Oakland

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Noodle Theory

6099 Claremont Ave

Oakland, CA 94618

510-595-6988

Noodle Theory Website

Noodle Theory Exterior

Noodle Theory is a casual noodle Asian restaurant in Oakland. Their San Francisco location closed. It is run by a former chef of The House, Louis Kao. They use quality ingredients like Niman Ranch meats.

Noodle Theory Interior

Decor, Vibe – Modern, simplistic decor with nice lighting and dark woods. Half of the room has high seating, with benches that are hard to get comfortable on. Families, couples, nearby locals in their 20′s and 30′s were eating dinner.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

Website Noodle Theory Menu

Picks:

Noodle Theory Pork Belly Ramen

Slow Roasted Niman Ranch Pork Belly Ramen ($15) in a savory and very strong Pork Miso Broth had good amounts of pork belly that was on the very lean side. The egg noodles were plentiful and done correctly.

Noodle Theory Coconut Curry Udon

Grilled Niman Ranch Beef Udon ($14) in a Coconut Lime Curry Broth had a nice looking broth that was luxurious and a tad spicy. Good amounts of tender meat and perfectly cooked noodles.

Noodle Theory Grilled Portobello Mushroom

Grilled Portobello Mushroom over Spinach Noodles ($13) in a miso broth with white truffle oil is a vegetarian dish with lots of green noodles over a pretty strong miso broth.  Not spicy and a good dish for those who want to avoid meat. Mushrooms and bok choy were very good.
Noodle Theory Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad ($9) in a Lime Sesame Oil Vinagrette with Avocado, Shitake, and Cucumbers is almost a cous cous like salad that was very refreshing.

Noodle Theory Raspberry Crisp

Nectarine Raspberry Crisp ($8) with Vanilla Bean Gelato was excellent, one of the best and largest crisps we have had. Lots of fresh fruit and crunchy topping.

OK:

Noodle Theory Cold Soba Noodles

Cold Soba Noodles ($8) in a roasted Sesame Dressing with Asparagus had lots of noodles and little asparagus. Pretty thick and heavy sesame dressing made this appetizer a little heartier.
Noodle Theory Rice Flat Noodles

Thai Basil Beef with Fresh Flat Rice Noodles ($15) was very spicy even though it was indicated. Noodles were like Chinese chow fun and beef were small chunks. Lots of peppers, carrots, sesame seeds, onions, and other veggies.

Noodle Theory Black Cod

Miso Marinated Black Cod over Garlic Noodles ($18) had the classic and excellent The House style Black cod but the noodles were so garlicy, they were spicy.  If they could tone this down, the dish would be great.

Pans:
None

Noodle Theory had friendly accessible service.  Prices are on the high side for noodles but the quality and quantity was high.  We have no problem recommending this place but warn that many items are on the spicy side. Compared to noodle legends like Santa Ramen in San Mateo, the broth, meat, and noodles are not on the authentic side.  This environment is far nicer and the menu much more varied.

Noodle Theory on Urbanspoon

Noodle Theory Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:None
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon, Wed-Sat - 11:30am - 2:30pm , 5 - 9:30pm, Sun Noon - 2:30pm, 5 - 9:30pm, Closed Tu.
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$11 - $18 (Dinner)
Posted on June 29th, 2009
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