The Dark Horse
My last meal at Crazy Noodles had been in their outlet at Great India Place, NOIDA. As a result, I really wasn’t looking forward to visiting the Crazy Noodles outlet in Gurgaon. My experience at Crazy Noodles Gurgaon was nothing short of a divine kick up the rear accompanied by a thunderous voice that said, ‘Don’t assume’.
Using the menu is a bit inconvenient, but the rest is quite nice – colourful tables, mismatched chopsticks, lop sided glasses thrown on to your table, curvy interiors, little puzzles et. al. You also get a free drink if you solve the puzzles. They aren’t easy.
We’re talking fast food here – sometimes nutritious, medium to huge portioned, love-it-hate-it food. The menu is quite esoteric in that you may hate some things, love others and tolerate the rest. I tried their Crispy Noodle Salad with tofu and Szechuan Mayo, Spicy Fire Mushrooms, Sesame Chilli Potatoes, Chicken Shiitake Dumplings and Pokchoy & Vegetables with Miso Cheese Sauce among other dishes. My comfort food was revealed in the Crazy Noodles Basil Stir Fried Chicken and this h-u-g-e bowl of Crazy Ramen. The basil chicken was so nice in fact, that I saved a small portion of it so I could leave the restaurant tasting basil chicken all the way home. Yes, I can get a bit weird, but that’s the way foodies are. You may either need to go through the entire menu on your first few visits and then zoom into your favourites thereafter or perhaps get lucky like me and find your niche in the very first visit.
The service is a little weak though I can forgive that. We really aren’t speaking of the kind of place you’d go to with your gray haired, Saville Row draped, business partner where you expect your waiter to recommend a suitable wine and remark on the year. This is more the kind of place where you take your kids on a weekend dinner or Sunday brunch, get their caricatures done, watch crazy tissue tablets expand and solve puzzles while guzzling sugary drinks and hogging mega bowls of spicy, soupy noodles. On second thoughts, if you can get your business partner to exchange his Saville Row suit for a T-shirt and shorts, I’m pretty sure he’ll like it too.
I suggest you visit Crazy Noodles for a high energy weekend meal with the family or use it for long meals over a good book. Either way, Crazy Noodles must be tried.
Food: 8/10, Service: 6/10, Ambiance: 8/10