Bubby Noodle - Sunday night at the Botanic!

Bubby Noodle, Botanic Bar - 309 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Bubby Noodle is a weekly Sunday night Japanese inspired dinner hosted at the Botanic Bar. The main focus is ramen (Japanese noodle soup) with a few smaller items and one dessert on the menu.  On the Chopping Board members, Amanda and Mirko thought this was a cool concept and were excited to check it out.

Arriving around 6pm the Botanic Bar was fairly quiet with only a handful of people inside. We select a booth and began assessing the small menu and decide on ordering a ramen each and all 3 available starters to share. We were hoping to order a cocktail or sake to match our Japanese dinner but on this occasion the drinks list is only that of the standard drinks menu of the Botanic Bar. We order and pay at the bar and not long after we are presented with all our dishes at once!

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Sashimi Kingfish Tiradito $12.00
We start with the Sashimi Kingfish Tiradito with amarillo, clarnato, lime, furikake, burnt tomato and fried leeks. This was a great way to start the meal.  Lovely fresh clean flavours, perfectly seasoned with the furikake, and a nice heat from the amarillo.
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Charcoal Chicken $12.00
Our second starter was the Chicken with gochujang, avocado, crisp rice paper, kewpie, pickles and herbs. With the crisp rice paper this looked like an open taco variation. The crunch from the rice paper coupled with the moist chicken and heat from the Korean gochujang sauce made for an enjoyable dish.

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Burnt Corn $8.00
Our third menu starter was the Burnt corn with miso butter, sesame seeds, black garlic puree and lime. When we read this on the menu we were expecting a variation on the Mexican 'corn on the cob', but were presented with an entire cob of corn (with the kernels already separated from the cob) atop of a bed of sticky rice. This was a nice dish, but Mirko much prefers the 'Mexican' version of this dish as he would have liked some bolder flavours.  Amanda really enjoyed this dish especially the surprise element of the sticky rice hiding under the tasty charred corn.

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Pickled Shiitake & Fried Gyoza Maizemen $15.00
For Amanda's main, she selected the pickled Shiitake and fried Gyoza Maizemen with pickled shiitake mushroom, gyoza, cucumber, herbs, soy egg, shallots and subarashii sauce. When Amanda ordered this dish she was expecting a typical hot ramen in a broth.  When the dish was presented it was actually a cold ramen (no broth), which she later discovered the term 'maizemen' means.  Amanda was pleasantly surprised as it was a warm day so she was happy to devour a salad type ramen rather than a warm broth version. The noodles were cooked well and the gyoza were fried to a nice crunchy crisp but still with a soft centre. The herbs, cucumber and pickled shiitake mushrooms brought great freshness to this dish.

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Shio Ramen $15.00
For Mirko's main, he had the Shio Ramen with Japanese salt broth, fermented bamboo, chashu, soy egg and spring onions. The ramen broth as the name suggested was a salt (shio) base. Luckily, the broth was not overly salty, and the noodles were cooked well.  Mirko did comment on the chashu however, as typically with ramen you would receive a few pieces of thin chashu pieces however he was presented with one thick piece. Whilst the flavours were nice, he would have preferred the more traditional presentation.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly:  The Burnt Corn the only option
Child Friendly: Definitely an adult environment

Ambiance: 3/5 - Love the Botanic Bar space but very quiet on this particular evening.
Service: 4/5 - Order & pay at the counter but fast service & delivery of food.
Food: 8/10 - A small menu executed well.

In total OTCB gives Bubby Noodle 15/20 chops on The Chopping Board

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