The Noodle Room @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur, KL Central

>> Sep 15, 2010

I have been very very busy lately, hence the lacking in 'quality' post. The truth is, I haven't been going out to eat for quite a while now.

Anyway, let get down to the food.

The Noodle Room

The Noodle Room is situated on the ground floor of Hilton Kuala Lumpur. It is right beside Sudu (one could order food from Sudu too). As the name of this place suggest, this restaurant specialises in noodles. All sorts of noodles, from hor fun, soba, yellow noodles, yee mein, loh shu fun. You name it, they have it.

The menu in this place is rather unique. One gets to choose from chef suggested noodles, or one can customize their own noodles. To customize your own noodles:

1. You pick a stock. The choice of stock available is dashi stock, Japanese curry, chicken stock, egg gravy, beef stock, fish coconut broth, kon loh, tom yam, KL Laksa (I've heard of Singapore laksa, but not KL's).

2. Then you pick a noodle to go with the stock (egg noodle, ramen, dang myun, shanghai noodle, spinach wonton mee, E-Fu, Flat wonton mee, rice noodle, udon, hor fun, soba, yellow noodle, low see fun, mee suah).

3. Next, you choose 1 ingredient for your noodles (seafood, beef-slices, chicken, char siew, wonton, vegetables, fish ball, fresh water prawn, crab meat, roast duck, beef ball, ostrich).

4. Finally, you choose 4 garnish to go with your noodles (coriander, mint, seaweed, spring onion, bean sprouts, choy sum, fried shallots, fried garlic, chilli, sambal, belachan, green chilli pickle, chilli padi, minced garlic).

Easy huh? Each bowl is RM29.

Anyway, we started with a couple of appetizers.

Soft Shell Crab

We ordered a large portion to share. The Crab (RM45) was fried until crispy and served with some rockets, avocado, mango salsa and lime mayo. The mayonnaise was spot on in cutting the slight oily texture of the deep fried crab. This dish was good.

Pai Tee

The Pai Tee came on top of some thai chilli sauce (which requires immediate consumption). It was not bad. The shell of the pai tee wasn't soggy YET and the prawns were relatively big and fresh. Sorry about the pathetic picture quality.

Two Sides Brown Noodles

This is actually a nest of mee suah served with water chestnut, peking duck slices, bamboo shoots, some shitake and lots of ginger. For me, the ginger was too overpowering. All I tasted was spoonful after spoonful of ginger. The noodles (RM32) sure looked better than it tasted.

Clay Pot Loh Shu Fun

This dish lacked that slight burn bits of fried lard in it (This blog should not be held responsible for any lard responsible myocardial infarction, but lard certainly does bring out the flavour in noodles). I guess the hawker near my place still makes better LSF. The clay pot loh shu fun was RM32.

KL Laksa with Duck

All I tasted in the laksa (RM29) was chilli. Seriously, it lacked spices and most importantly, SALT. After 2 spoonful of it, I told the waiter to take it back. He suggested adding some table salt to it. To make matters worst, their salt shaker was stuck. Even after adding salt, it still tasted like chilli water. The waiter eventually took it back and replaced me with another (He was very polite about it, as expected for such a place). A while later, he came back and told me that yes, the chef seriously screwed up that bowl of laksa (the chef tasted it and found it bland too). The 2nd bowl of laksa tasted slightly better. Although packed with slightly more flavour this time, I still found it to be substandard.

Burger (from Sudu)

The burger was reasonable. However, it wasn't a match for the daily grind at Bangsar Village.

All in all, if you're after the best noodles in town, you won't find it here. I guess the hawkers still have a nitch when it comes to noodles. However, The Noodle Room certainly makes a good place to sit down and chill over a bowl of hot noodles in a rather comfortable environment.


*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Hilton Kuala Lumpur

The Noodle Room,
Hilton Kuala Lumpur,
3 Jalan Stesen Central,
50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone number: 03-2264 2264

Opening hours:
6am - 12am Sunday-Thursday
6am - 1am Friday & Sat


"Joe" who is constantly craving September 18, 2010 at 7:06 AM  

prob a good place for tourists or bizmen..had it once, didnt have any mishaps but it wasnt really great as well.

thenomadGourmand September 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

I was hopin fr an awesome review cos my BF really loves noodles! A pity , cos the concept is good. But i nd to have more than only 1 choice for ingredients! ;p

babe_kl September 18, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

Just like Joe, I find this place ok only, nothing special or outstanding.

Tummy Rumble September 19, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

@Joe: yea man.. The environment is good. the noodles are just so-so.. but then again, no one can make noodles like the hawkers do.. they need that nice hawker atmosphere to bring out the best in the noodles.. haha..

Tummy Rumble September 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

@thenomadGourmand: the one choice of ingredient is actually quite a lot.. as in they give you a lot of one thing.. the noodles aren't great.. If you're after the environment, this place would make a good choice. Like joe said, its rather for business man or people who won't want the hawker environment..

Tummy Rumble September 19, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

@Babe_kl: yea.. I haven't found a hotel that can make noodles like hawkers.. I guess its the environment you're paying for when you go to places like this..

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