Whether your tastes range from udon to soba, Bournemouth has places to cater them. Here are five of the best noodle restaurants our town has to offer…
For years, my knowledge of noodles only spanned from Super to Pot. It wasn’t until the eve of my 20s when I discovered the umami charm of udon and the tingling allure of spicy ramen. Ever since then, I have been on a mission to find the best noodles available on my doorstep.
This is the place where my journey to enlightenment began. Standing out among Charminster’s cosmopolitan high street, Nippon Inn is a favourite for locals seeking authentic and affordable Japanese food. While the whole menu offers a constellation of star dishes, it’s the noodles that shine brightest – namely the udon and the yakisoba.
For those who love a stir-fry and prefer their noodles sans soup, go for the yakisoba (fried buckwheat noodles) with a topping of your choice, from classic vegetables to the traditional pork. If you are tempted by thicker, chewy noodles swimming in a delicious savoury broth, try the Tempura Udon, complete with crispy battered prawns and vegetables.
Recommended: Vegetable Yakisoba, Tempura Udon
124 Charminster Road, Charminster, BH8 8UT, 01202 258859
RICE BAR TOTORO
Much like Nippon Inn, Rice Bar Totoro is a gem buried within the bustling Winton High Street. A small family-run restaurant, Rice Bar Totoro combines Japanese and Korean cuisines to create unique dishes such as jjajjaro, or fried noodles in black bean sauce with beef, exclusive to Bournemouth.
Tempura Udon is also available here, except it is served with both tempura prawns and fishcakes. The addition of fishcakes both complements the soup and gives it a slight twang without making it overly fishy. Perfect for seafood lovers!
Recommended: Tempura Udon
536 Wimborne Road, Winton, BH9 2EX, 01202 280294
A favourite with students on a budget due to its proximity to Talbot Campus. This Bournemouth-based takeaway chain can be found in both Lansdowne and Poole, and they deliver to almost every BH postcode. Though they also offer stir-fried noodle dishes with either udon or hofan (flat rice noodles), Miso Miso specialises in nourishing, nutritious noodle soup. Their ramen is the ultimate comfort food – perfect for late night study sessions, or as a lunch to soothe the post-all-nighter headache.
In addition to agreeable prices and generous portions, Miso Miso is all about healthy food rich with nutrients. If that isn’t tempting enough, they also serve multiple vegetarian options with tofu or wontons, so everyone can enjoy their new favourite takeaway.
Recommended: Noodle Soup with Ramen. If you’re a spice fiend, add chilli oil for a kick.
9-10 Lansdowne House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3JP, 01202 555522
Gillett Road Unit 1, Talbot Village, Poole, BH12 5BF, 01202 521989
Tucked in on the corner of Alma Road off Charminster Road is Maru, a family-run and authentic restaurant specialising in Korean cuisine with a few Japanese dishes sprinkled in. The menu includes the familiar udon and ramen mentioned already, as well as japchae, a popular Korean dish. As with all of Maru’s dishes, their japchae is high-quality and can be considered as some of the best Korean food in Bournemouth.
Made from sweet potato starch, japchae noodles are also known as glass noodles due to their transparent appearance. The noodles are bouncy, chewy, and packed with a balanced sweet and savoury flavour. Similar to much of Korean cuisine, the stir-fried vegetables are also highlights of japchae since they add colour and crunch, rounding off the dish. If you’re looking for a different spin on noodles, definitely head to Maru for some japchae.
182 Alma Road, Charminster, BH9 1AJ, 01202 536760
NOODLE BAR, LANSDOWNE
Finally, this list could not be complete without mentioning Noodle Bar. Its three-step customisability means you can tailor your noodles to suit your own palate. Whether you’re craving a mild Japanese ramen with katsu pork or veggie noodles in a spicy Thai tom yum soup, Noodle Bar is sure to have exactly what your taste buds are demanding.
Recommended: Whatever you fancy!
3-5 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RZ, 01202 554822
Since Bournemouth is so diverse and offers a melange of cuisines, there are sure to be more restaurants not included here. If you’re searching for something more substantial than instant noodles, these are just five of the best local places to try instead.
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