Noodle Factory first rolled up its
shutters back in 2007 just as The Avenues was opening its doors to the shoppers
of Kuwait. People have flocked to the mall ever since and Noodle Factory has been a mainstay of the
many, many, restaurants on offer at The Avenues. Serving a mixture of Pan Asian
food with influences from China, Thailand, Indonesia and Malay, they have been
pulling in customers from the beginning against stiff competition by using
fresh, high quality ingredients to create flavour packed dishes in a mixture of
traditional, modern and fusion styles.
The food is backed up by a great corner location on the
first floor in Phase 1. They offer a contemporary, lively space which hints at,
rather than relies on, its eastern influences, where you can watch the food
being prepared in an open kitchen. Then they have that unique ordering system; customers fill out their
order on the menu and hand it to the staff, who are on hand to explain the
ingredients or cooking methods used if you have any queries.
You may have noticed though that they haven’t rested on the
laurels of their success. Each year they shake things up and overhaul their
menu. They retire some items, replace or update others, and add completely new
dishes. A lot of this is based on customer feedback, what they see as popular
and where they think they can improve. This can be seen in them recognising the
popularity of their sole broth, Chicken and Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup, and then
adding three new broth noodles to the menu to offer more diversity under this
part of the menu.
recently added many new items to their menu from
appetizers, soups and salads, to dim sum, noodle alternatives and desserts.
They added a couple of new drinks in the form of the Green Dragon, a mixture of
passion fruit, lemon, blue curacao and topped with 7 Up and the aptly named
Avenues, which is similar but replaces the blue curacao with ginger ale, making
it a little less sweet. As for the new food additions, the Red Curried Seafood
Wonton was not only extremely tasty, but also had a good amount of filling
(something lacking in most wontons) and the Five Spice Salt and Pepper Squid
was light, airy and crisp with the five spice delivering a pleasant flavour
kick. Other new appetizers are Edamame served with either sea salt or chili
bean sauce and Wasabi Prawn or Wasabi Tofu and Mushroom. A couple of new dim
sum dishes have also been added, Seafood Sui Mai with Fried Scallops is a soft
filling paired with the crunch of fried scallop. The Steamed Crystal Prawn
Dumpling is both a pleasure for the taste buds, and the eyes due to the
translucent skin. On the salad front, they’ve added Crispy Duck, Pomegranate
and Watermelon Salad with Roasted Cashew Nuts. The varying textures and tastes
make this salad complex yet subtle, and light enough to be eaten for lunch too.
Then there are the aforementioned broth noodles. If you’re
not familiar with broth noodles, they are like meals disguised as soups. Korean
Kimchee with Grilled Beef and Fresh Lime is pungent and flavourful while the
Thai Hot & Sour Noodle Soup with Prawns is light and spicy. The Singaporean
Seafood Laksa with Mussels, Prawns and Red Mullet, served in a Coconut Broth is
a mind-boggling medley of ingredients and flavours that will leave you more
than satisfied. They’ve added Yaki Soba with Peking Duck and Curry Oil to the
wok fried noodles selection and a delicious Sweet Chili Eggplant joins the
vegetable/side dishes line up. For those looking for noodle alternatives, Red
Curry with prawns or chicken is tasty served with steamed rice, as are the Wok
Fried Prawns in XO sauce. Saving the best for last, the Stir-Fried Beef Short
Ribs in Chili, Garlic and Ginger Sauce is outstanding. The beef falls off the
bones and subsequently melts in your mouth.
Topping it all off were a couple of new desserts, a Passion
Fruit Brulee with Mango Sorbet that gave that deep, satisfying crack as you
break through the caramelised sugar. The Chilled Coconut Delight was equally as
indulgent but both were light and fresh tasting. It features a coconut
cornucopia of coconut strips, coconut jelly, coconut cream, and is topped with
a panand leaf ice cream, that even though you may never have heard of before
you visit Noodle Factory, you won’t be forgetting in a hurry after you leave.
All the new dishes are welcome additions to an already
great menu at Noodle Factory. They are open for lunch and dinner and also take
reservations and cater for birthday celebrations.