Noodle Boat keeps fresh flavors afloat
July 1, 2014
By Peter Clark
Noodle Boat has long been one of my favorite Issaquah restaurants and a return visit for a review does nothing to change my opinion.
The little Thai restaurant at the end of a strip mall off Northwest Gilman Boulevard seems a little buried among the storefronts. But once you step inside, the clean and charming atmosphere welcomes you into a comfortable dining environment.
Noodle Boat is outfitted with traditional decorations in a modern setting and has a confident sense of design. During the day, the windows offer wonderful lighting and the evening provides a relaxing place for a repast.
The restaurant’s character even shines through on the lunch menus, fans with options printed on both sides. As I sat down, I couldn’t help but notice the friendly staff chatting up the many regulars who frequent Noodle Boat for good reason.
Even in the middle of a busy lunch rush, the service is incredibly quick. I was able to sit down, order and receive my piping hot meal in less than 15 minutes.
And speaking of hot, the menu gives diners four options for the level of spiciness for their Thai cuisine. Being adventurous, I always order the spiciest option at restaurants and usually am a little disappointed in the heat. Not so at Noodle Boat. I ordered a very spicy meal and I received a very spicy meal.
In order to get a good sample from the restaurant, I ordered Red Curry, an old Thai favorite of mine, and a special offering from the menu appropriately called the Noodle Boat.
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The Red Curry was creamy and delicious, with peppers, onions and prawns delighting my pallet. It tasted wonderful and warmed up the rainy day on which I had it.
The Noodle Boat dish was a bit more of an affair. It was akin to a hot pot soup with many competing flavors battling it out on your tongue. And wouldn’t you know it — they all win. Complete with veggies, noodles, spices and the protein of your choice, this dish made my taste buds sing.
The two meals that I ordered are a paltry example of Noodle Boat’s variety. On its dinner menu, the restaurant features more than 50 options from which to choose. Staples like Pad Thai and many curries dot the menu along with many other specialties.
Noodle Boat offers your choice of meat, shrimp, mixed seafood, tofu or vegetables to compliment your meal, and many vegan and gluten free options are available.
You should set sail for Noodle Boat.