Just like every other smart diner, I did a quick search on Yelp for East Noodle before I committed. Surprisingly, Yelpers gave it a 2.5 star rating! I usually put full faith in Yelp and would stay away from places with 3 stars or less, but something about the “50% off all ramen” signs (I like a good deal what can I say?) and the bustling atmosphere inside the restaurant encouraged me to take a risk.
|Despite the low yelp reviews, East Noodle is moving and shaking inside!|
First order of business after being seated: order a $2.50 glass of Sapporo draft. Score!
|Sapporo draft - not bad for $2.50|
Second order of business: peruse the menu and decide what to get (Note: The Sapporo and ramen special is only valid Mon-Thurs!). I love that the menu has a picture for every item and is neat and organized. Nothing like ordering by color! And there is also a dollar menu available for those who wish to dine extra economically.
|Love all the pictures on the menu!|
With most ramen priced between $14-16, the “50% off all ramen” special brings the price down to $7-8 which is what I would expect for St. Marks. While not exactly a complete steal, I’m still happy to be here on a weekday instead of paying full price on the weekend.
|Dollar menu snacks: spring roll and seafood okawa|
At the end of the day, I’ll admit East Noodle does not check the box for authenticity (unsurprising as we were one of the very few [if not only] Asians in the restaurant). If you are looking for a genuine high-quality Japanese experience, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for something that is affordable, quick, and tasty, East Noodle would be a great place to try. This will not be my last trip here – I’m looking forward to giving it another go (on a Mon-Thurs of course)!
Piggy says eh...
(Note: I give this a "Yes!" rating if you go Mon-Thurs, and a "No!" rating if you go on a Fri-Sun. So...I'll just leave this at an "Eh..." rating)
Thanks for reading – Piggy KK