Today felt like a sushi for lunch kind of day. NC Noodle Bar came up in the search for local (Rock Hill) sushi and was some place I hadn’t been before. It was one of many but I’m so glad I decided to check them out over the others.
At about 4 miles from my house it was pretty convenient. I got there fairly early for lunch and was the only patron. It’s a fairly small place with about 9 or 10 tables and 4 seats at a counter. I was told to have a seat anywhere and they’d be right with me. Of the three people I saw working there all of them were very friendly and smiled a lot. They have menus on the table but they also bring over a paper sushi menu with “happy hour” and regular pricing and I was in during happy hour. Score! As the name implies they have various noodle dishes from southeast Asian countries but also salads, soups and rice dishes. The post is tagged Japan because I got sushi which is a fairly recent addition to their menu. I placed my order and the guy who took my order was also the sushi chef so that was interesting. They brought out a single chicken dumpling as a free appetizer. It was crunchy and you can see from the picture it wasn’t steamed but I’m not sure if it was baked or fried. Either way it was a nice little start.
I ordered the stuffed wings and the NC Noodle Bar Special Roll. The roll was ready just a bit before the wings so I actually ate that before the appetizer. I thought it was visually appealing but you can judge for yourself.
The roll had red and white tuna as well as salmon. There was a slice of avocado on each section and each slice was topped with a dab of sauce and there were 4 different fish eggs represented. The interior of the rolls had cucumber and some crabmeat and cream cheese and there was something crunchy. It was very enjoyable and quite filling so the appetizer was looking like desert.
The stuffed wings were “huuuuge”. They were deboned and stuffed with mushrooms and rice noodles and deep fried. A sweet sauce accompanied them but it was a bit too sweet for me. Those things were good and I don’t know how they do that magic but I’m glad they do it. Between the dumpling and the big sushi roll I had to bring one home with me for a snack later.
There is no question I will be going back here and recommend it. It’s not big or fancy but the food was great and the staff was very pleasant and helpful both of which are high on my list of desirable traits in a restaurant. One question I forgot to ask was why they are called NC Noodle Bar when they are located in SC but that’ll have to be on the next visit.