Honestly, a league game at 11:00pm? Why does it seem like our hockey games are getting later and later? What's next? 1:00am? When we really should be preparing to go to bed; we were heading out to the rink to play our Friday night league game. It's really kind of pathetic since 11:00pm should be just the "start" of a Friday night (when we were younger)! So a really late game leads to very few choices for eats afterwards. Essentially, other than a few non-Asian places, you're stuck with the wonton noodle joints. However, there was one place I knew that was open late and had something other than congee. Kevin had blogged about Beefy Beef Noodle and it was open late - perfect! It's actually the sister restaurant to #1 Beef Noodle House. I guess they didn't want to call this new location #2 Beef Noodle House. Well, at least the name of the restaurant accurately describes their food. I only wish places like Po King and Floata rename themselves to Crappy Crap Service.
Other than another table, we were the only patrons at Beefy Beef Noodle. Well, it was 1:00am, so I guess most people were either sleeping or still in the clubs. It looked like the 2 servers there wanted to sleep too. Despite being quite friendly, they really seemed disinterested in being there. When someone got around to taking our order, I went for their signature dish - Spicy Beef Noodle. Just like their other restaurant, they used beef shank. However, I found the one here not as soft. I personally didn't mind it; but I can see some people not liking it. Sitting in a moderately spicy broth, there was plenty of al dente noodles. I liked the firm; yet not hard texture of the noodles. Furthermore, they were loose and not clumped together. All-in-all, a pretty solid bowl of noodles. For good measure, I ordered a combination platter of 3 marinated items. I chose Marinated Pig Ear, Intestines and Tripe. I tried really hard to trade some of the items with everyone else; but they did their best to avoid it. What's wrong with them??? Intestines rule! Well, they were actually pretty good. They did a good job in rinsing them to the point that it was devoid of any gamy taste. The pig ear was nice and gelatinous (I hope I am not grossing some people out at this point). However, the tripe was not that tender and required quite a bit of chewing.
Lionel Hutz went for their other signature dish - Crispy Salty Peppery Chicken. Looking like an Asian version of popcorn chicken, it was served piping hot, lightly crispy and full of flavour. This would go really well with beer. Lionel also ordered the Fried Squid. Looking freakish with really long tentacles, this fried squid would only appeal to those who like tentacles. Of course I do, but I'm sure some people would balk. If you can get over the visual, it is actually quite good. This dish was originally left off the bill for some reason or another. It took quite a while to flag down our server to correct it. Polka King opted for something a bit more conservative in the Prawns and Egg Fried Rice. I didn't get to try any of the fried rice; but he seemed happy with it. Milhouse ordered 2 dishes with the first being the Shredded Beef Fried Noodle. He only seemed moderately enthused about this dish. The noodles were a bit slimy and the dish lacked flavour. The second dish was a strange one. He ordered an Green Onion Pancake. What he got was a Green Onion Pancake with Egg. Something got lost in translation during the ordering process? Whatever the case, much like a beef roll, the fried egg came encased in an onion pancake. Unlike a beef roll, this was not really all that good. The egg doesn't add much in the way of flavour or texture.
Our late night eats at Beefy Beef Noodle was not bad. If you stick with the beef noodle and some of their snack items, you will come away happy. Some of their other dishes are pretty average. For most of the time, there were only 2 tables including ourselves. But the 2 staff members were too busy drinking their bubble tea to come around and check on us. By no means were they unfriendly, they just didn't seem to care. Not horrible, yet it was worth mentioning.
- Solid beef noodles
- Open late
- Other food is quite average
- Cash only
- Very few parking spots