Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Wed 6 June 2007

I don't eat out in Headingley enough. Drinking - that's a different matter because Arcadia is so good, but eating - hardly ever.

I an attempt to redress my city-centre bias last week I headed off to Nooshi. Actually, (ex)Housemate and I wanted something quick and cheap, and I had a cold so something spicy fitted the bill.

After 5pm, Nooshi offers a dinner deal - a noodle box plus a beer for £6 (unless you go for duck or seafood, in which case it's £6.50). (ex)Housemate went for the hoisin duck noodles (without vege - so they will customise your order) and I opted for the spicy chicken and vegetable.

I'll leave aside the fact that the spicy chicken and vegetable contained mini-corn (this is the devil's food) and focus on the rest of the dish. Actually, there's not really a lot to say. There wasn't really a lot of chicken in it, the veggies were unexciting and the sauce tasted a lot like sweet chilli sauce: a bit too sweet and cloying for me.

Nooshi specialises in noodles and sushi, but also offers juices, smoothies, green tea and ice cream. I'd probably nip in to try out their sushi, but when it comes to more noodles I'll probably be heading back to Fuji Hiro in ... the city centre.

It seems that Nooshi haven't been too busy winning over fans and aficionados of Asian food: Sourrain was also a bit underwhelmed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's strangely cloying and tasteless at the same time isn't it?

I think redchilli does ace noodles as well - definately more authentic than your average takeaways. For excellent value and delicious, do not miss Tong Garden's Seafood Udon.£9 is a little steep but its chockfull of scallops and prawns and portions big enough to feed two!

I am always promotion Tong Gardens aren't i?

1:45 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

I don't think I've had noodles at Red Chilli but next time I go I'll try to remember to check them out. I went through a stage of feeling like I went there all the time, so I've been trying to avoid it and try new places (plus, I sometimes find their food a little salty!).

However - Tong Garden's seafood udon sounds like it could well hit the spot ... it's another restaurant that's been on my 'list' ...

11:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want high quality sushi and japanese cuisine then Sisushi on Great George Street (off millennium square) is the place to go. Really cool chilled out vibe, excellent service and the food is fantastic!

2:00 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Sisushi has been on my list for quite a while, although I've heard it's quite expensive. Still, I'm not sure that should stop me popping by for lunch one day!

11:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to nooshi last night ,it was terrific and also so reasonable ,i had noodles and beer and my mate had sushi,great stuff, well done !!

8:48 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

I am still keen to try out the sushi at Nooshi - it did look pretty good. I'll definitely report back on it when I do!

11:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

went to nooshi today,was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

3:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the soups and sushi at nooshi are amazing! The noodles are also very nice but the portions are way too big for me. Whenever i fancy going for the healthy option i go to nooshi

11:55 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really poor quality. sushi rice very dry and tasteless noodle soups!!

1:41 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hmm, sounds like I'll give Nooshi's sushi a miss then ... especially now I have Andy trained up AND he has his own left handed sushi knife!

1:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

s there no way to stop nooshi posting positive reviews of themselves, they could at least make them look realistic....unlike this one...
"i went to nooshi last night ,it was terrific and also so reasonable ,i had noodles and beer and my mate had sushi,great stuff, well done !!"

12:45 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi Eric ... hmmm, you might have a point. Until your comment I hadn't noticed how many anonymous comments praised Nooshi.

I really, really don't want to censor comments unless they're obviously spam - so I guess that means we have to put up with comments like this.

However, let me go on record and say that I think it's a great shame when people do things like this. I love to receive feedback from establishments I visit: if you think I'm wrong about something - please tell me! I'm sure you'll find that readers are always interested to know both sides of any story too!

7:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alex, thanks for posting my comment, of course there's no way to know for sure when an establishment posts fake reviews of themselves but totally agree on your comment about feedback from establishments.
They can in effect get free advice and pointers for improvement by taking on board criticism and responding to it.
They can also be seen as engaging with people and show a human side which is missing far too much these days.

10:40 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Let's see if anyone from Nooshi now makes a comment! :)

11:31 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you tried the new rice pots in headingly nooshi they are awesome and apparently less than 5% fat also very reasonable ,yummy

8:04 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Well, look at that ... a new, overwhelmingly positive, and yet anonymous, comment about Nooshi.

If this is really astro-turfing you'd expect Headingley to be spelt correctly!

11:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Nooshi!

I think the noodles are great (although I've only had the Chicken and Mushroom Satay Noodles) and the portion is huge (I would only recommend this if you're really hungry!)

I don't like sushi but they do "Californian Chicken" which is with the sushi section.
This is nice, if you dip it in the sauce that it comes with. If you don't use the sauce, it's really bland.

I've had two soups there. Miso Soup, which is really nice. The other one I had was Spicy Chicken and Mushroom. This had too much chilli in, for me, and burnt my tongue. However, when I mentioned this to them the following time, they told me that I could just let them know how spicy I wanted things so they can modify it, which I thought was good.

I've had a smoothie and a juice from there as well but when they turned up, they were warm.

I only really go for the Californian Chicken Rolls and the Noodles when I go but I really like Nooshi.
It's good service, the staff are friendly and the price is ok for LS1 (Bridgewater Place).

They also do a loyalty card ..... I get my free meal when I go next time !!!

1:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nooshi are now in administration . simon the owner should be ashamed of himself. re heating noodles and meat was never going tomake you a millionaire when the food was so pour. watch your back simon im coming for the money you owe me.

5:14 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Er, thank you anonymous.

I was in two minds about publishing this comment - mainly because I didn't know if it was true or not.

However, given that the Nooshi website seems to have been replaced by a blank page, and that my phone call to the Headingley store went unanswered, I decided to publish it.

If there are any updates to the Nooshi situation - let me know!

12:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ate at Nooshi 3/4 time a week and loved it. Best Sushi in Leeds (as good as little Tokyo......infinately better than SiSushi). Gutted that Nooshi in Chapel A has closed however great to see Anonymous getting angry because he/she lost a business deal. What is your name anonymous? 'Watch your back'.....bit of a gangsta are you. hahahaha.

2:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Nooshi are definitely out of business - 'Expanded too quickly' was the reason I heard - serving overpriced tasteless noodles could be the real reason...

11:07 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard that nooshi was closed so sad there sushi was the best in leeds and the freshest,

2:00 pm  

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