Yummy Noodle Bar
Chinese and East Asian
Situated a stone's throw from Eastbourne's main train station, this stylish noodle bar is fashioned on the ramen bars of Japan and noodle kitchens of China which have been popular for over 250 years. The chic decor and excellent presentation throughout gives the rightful impression that you are in for a pleasant and relaxing experience. The staff consists entirely of Thai cooks and many of the recipes on offer have been brought to Yummy straight from their native villages, which makes dining here feel like a real privilege. Main courses offer good value for money at around £5.50, with a superb range of side dishes for around £3.50. I opted for the special of the day, red duck curry, and my partner for the spicy beef with onions and rice. The open-plan kitchen allowed us to watch in awe as the skilled chefs prepared our dishes using only the freshest produce and employing centuries-old methods. Our food arrived promptly, presented by the irrepressible Toy, who served each table with a smile and somehow found the time to interact with everyone. The curry was wonderful, aromatic and spicy in turn while the spicy beef, with its delicate seasoning of dark soy sauce and red wine, proved why it is Yummy's most popular dish. Our side orders of prawn toast and breaded butterfly prawns were the perfect complement - neither too overpowering nor distracting. The selection of drinks was wide ranging, with a choice of exotic fruit juices such as lychee, Asian beers, various wines and of course, sake. With all these delicious offerings, Yummy Noodle Bar is really living up to its name. It is a wonderfully unpretentious place with a joyful atmosphere - created by the friendliness of the staff and the informality of its mood. Indeed, such is its success that owners Toy and Steve Wakeford plan on opening another restaurant, Thai Village, in nearby Willingdon.