Mecha Noodle Bar is now open in New Haven at 201 Crown Street. We went to dinner with a few of our favorite bloggers last week. Bonnie from Home Place, Ron from Ron’s Food Trips and Natasha from Natasha Explores World. We have been to the Mecha Noodle Bar in South Norwalk and were super excited to find they are in New Haven which is much closer to us.
Mecha Noodle Bar currently serves food seven days a week from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30 am to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 to 9:00 pm on Sunday.
It was a dreary, rainy night but the crowds were already gathering at 6 pm when we arrived. Mecha Noodle Bar does not take reservations so it’s first come, first serve. The line was long all night long and some people had to wait outside in the rain but that sure didn’t stop anyone and no one left their place in line. Mecha Noodle Bar is “the” place to hang out in New Haven. The food is awesome and the atmosphere is lively and inviting.
The Mecha Noodle Bar menu consists of authentic Vietnamese pho and Japanese ramen. It is a place you can partake in the culinary flavors of Southeast Asia comfort food. Going beyond just pho and ramen, Mecha also offers many more Southeast Asian dishes without broth centered on Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese street food traditions, such as bao, Saigon spring rolls, Vietnamese crepes, and dumplings.
As they say: “Don’t call us “fusion” or a sushi restaurant… We are American-Vietnamese-Japanese-Thai-Chinese-Korean-New England-Momofuku-Totto-and-Ippudo-inspired”.
Two of Mecha Noodle Bar’s cocktails you should try are the Scorpion and Yuzu 2.blend of resulted in a unique flavor profile. Whereas Yuzu 2.0 has a citrus flavor from the Aylesbury duck vodka, creole shrub, lemon, yuzu.
When eating at a Noodle Bar you may think to just order Ramen but Mecha Noodle Bar offers so many other choices that you may skip the Ramen altogether.
- Saigon Egg Rolls containing ground pork, lettuce wraps, nuoc mam, and mint
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- Red Oil Dumplings stuffed with pork, shrimp, sichuan vinegar, and cilantro
- Roasted Mushroom Dumplings filled with mushrooms, brown butter miso, and arugula
Each dish was excellent, unique onto it self. The egg rolls brought me back to when we enjoyed them with our former Vietnamese neighbors. Our favorites were the dumplings followed closely by the egg rolls. Can we get an order to go?
For “steamed bao” you must try the Pork Belly, a nicely cooked and crispy slice of pork belly on a hot and sticky bao with hoisin, pickled daikon-carrots, and kewpie. Or thewith
Everybody at our table opted for the ramen this go around.
The Ramen is a well balanced blend of the 5 elements:
- Japanese wheat noodles
- and aromatic Oil
The Tonkotsu ramen added pork, chashu, spicy sprouts, egg, and scallion to the base elements. In addition to the base, the Paitan Chicken had chicken, black garlic, noir, scallion, egg, and menma tonkotsu.
was a rich blend with a slight kick of
Later in the evening we tried the Love Portion No. 9 cocktail, a blend of Mizu shochu, aperol, lychee, lemongrass, and lime
The cozy and relaxed atmosphere worked well with the tasty street / comfort offered at Mecha Noodle Bar. We enjoyed each and every dish we tried, with the bao and “snacks” leading the way and you will too. Bring a group of friends or even make it a girls night out.