December 6, 2012

Pho at Pho Real

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■■■■□ 4/5 “It’s the Subway of Pho”

Good news! If you’re like me and have been waiting for a phở restaurant in Bozeman for years, the wait is finally over. The restaurant Pho Real recently opened up shop downtown on Main (located where the Homepage Cafe used to be).

Even for the small size, the pho is served in a huge bowl, filled with steaming hot rice noodles. (A large would almost be two meals.) You can choose the type of broth, protein, and toppings, making it a streamlined process very reminiscent of Subway. The taste is good and you can’t beat the price: $5.95 for the small bowl (the small bowl is now $7.95, but it’s still worth it!).

Reviewed by Eric Barnes

November 12, 2009

Spicy Asian Noodles at Naked Noodle

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Rating: ■■■■□ 4.5 / 5 “Like fire in your mouth”

Reviewed by Eric Barnes

We trekked on over to the Naked Noodle for lunch today. Some hot noodles sounded like just the thing to get warmed up from the cold, snowy conditions outside.

I was in the mood for something Asian, so I ordered a custom dish with yakisoba noodles, Korean barbecued beef, and sesame garlic sauce topped with green onions. Much to my surprise, it was the tastiest meal I have had from the Naked Noodle to date. The beef was very tender and spicy–very much true to Korean bulgogi style. The flavorful sesame and garlic sauce went hand-in-hand with the beef. The only downside was that when I finished eating the noodles, I was left with a plate of watery sauce. A spoon was required.

I’m definitely going to order this again. Sometimes the best things in life are custom-made.

January 23, 2009

Naked Noodle – Round 2

Reviewed by Craig Dugas.

We returned to the Naked Noodle today, which turned out pretty well.  I once again got the 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with a 5th cheese and tomatoes.  All-in-all it was once again a pretty good meal.  I’ll stick with the rating from my previous review but wanted to affirm that as of today I’ve tried this particular meal 4 times, and it is consistently good.  I should also point out that the service at the Noodle is actually quite pleasant, although you’re stuck busing your own dishes (which is not all that uncommon around these parts).

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Reviewed by Matthew Johnson.

■■■□□ 3/5 “If I found 10 dollars on the ground in front of The Naked Noodle…”

One of the items you’ll find on the menu at The Naked Noodle is the Gaucho. The description reads something like this: chipotle cream sauce, red peppers, corn, black beans, cheese, and green onions. Add some chicken and you’re looking at $9.25 (the vegetarian option costs $7-something). The price also includes three additional toppings that the customer (that would be me) gets to choose. I decided on tomatoes, romano cheese, and peanuts.

So is this dish worth $9.25? I wont be digging around in my pocket to get the Gaucho again. The portion was large so I wasn’t left hungry, but I cant say much more because the dish was fairly unremarkable otherwise. Despite all the goodness loaded in to the Gaucho, I found it disappointingly bland. Eric pointed out that the dish might be bland due to the lack of sodium. Willing to test his theory, I went for the NaCl shaker. Sure enough, more flavor, but not enough to justify $9.25.

 

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January 13, 2009

4-Cheese Mac & Cheese at Naked Noodle

Rating: ■■■■□ 4.5/5 “Cheesy Good!”

Reviewed by Craig Dugas.

4-Cheese Mac & Cheese is the only dish I keep returning to at the Naked Noodle in downtown Bozeman.  Why?  Because every time I get something else it’s “EH.”  And every time I ask someone who’s eating something else how it is, they say “EH.”  And for the cost markup on pasta dishes you have at The Noodle, you can’t be messing around ordering just anything.

I’ll admit that spending a bit over $7 for a to-go box of pasta doesn’t quite sit well, but this time around I lessened the blow by requesting shredded romano cheese and tomatoes on top – that’s right, FIVE-Cheese Mac & Cheese.  If you let the very warm sauce (hot sauce?) settle for just a few minutes, you’re left with a thick liquid that rivals alfredo sauce.. similar, but cheesier!  For the record, the dish was not served with macaroni, but with cavatappi which turned out to be a nice substitute.

Buyer beware – this dish is heavy + tasty + filling = dangerous.  I will eat you again, 5-Cheese Mac & Cheese.  I will eat you again.

January 9, 2009

Green Curry at Naked Noodle

Rating: ■■□□□ 2/5 “Umm, not so much.”

Reviewed by Eric Barnes.

I love a good curry. There is something about the spicy flavor that really tantalizes the taste buds. Naked Noodle’s Green Curry has great hope of reaching that tantalizing quality, but unfortunately it falls short.

The dish consists of Thai green chili curry served on top of soba noodles with sweet peppers, shitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots. You can also add extra meat or seafood. I requested the addition of tofu, which was slightly fried and delicious by itself. However, the meal as a whole was seriously lacking flavor. I think part of the problem was the curry sauce was too thin, which made it not stick to the noodles at all. Another problem was the sauce was not nearly spicy enough.

The spice level won’t burn a hole in your mouth, but the price may burn a hole in your wallet. The noodles by themselves were $9.25. That’s without a drink.

I’m still going to give Naked Noodle another try though. Does anybody have any suggestions for next time?