707 Japanese, North Strathfield: Yaki udon beef

Rating: 3 out of 5

707 Japanese Restaurant
16 George Street, North Strathfield 2137

yaki udon beef

One of those types that are right up there on the Supremely Annoying People scale are those that will go to a specialty restaurant and will order anything but the specialty. You know the ones – they will order fish at a steak restaurant, or the chicken at a seafood restaurant. I accept that they may have been dragged there against their will, but hey, they have either have inconsiderate dining companions, or they should quit being so picky.

Having said all that, 707 Japanese in North Strathfield specialise in Japanese BBQ, where you can order cuts of wagyu fillet and tenderloin or ox tongue, and cook it yourself over the hot plate in the middle of the table.  It’s infinitely more fun when sharing with others, so on this occasion when none of my dining companions fancied a meat-fest, I was left to order noodles at a Japanese BBQ restaurant.  Yes, I became one of those people!

The yaki udon beef came out on a pretty, rectangular plate, loaded with strips of beef and a rainbow of vegetables, including crunchy broccoli, red and green capsicum, cauliflower, bean sprouts, and shredded cabbage.  The marinated beef was tender and juicy, and there was a good ratio of all ingredients so that I never felt like there was too much of one thing.  The noodles were a good balance of soft, yet firm, chewiness, and it was nice contrast to the crunchy greens.  The teriyaki sauce was sweet but not cloying, and brought everything together nicely.

The service here is friendly and polite, with my pot of hot green tea being refilled without even having to ask.  The decor is modern yet comfortable, with lots of dark wood, and the food came out quickly.  All in all, a solid and decent noodle experience.

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Thai Paragon, North Strathfield: Pad thai chicken

Rating: 3 out of 5

Thai Paragon
Bakehouse Quarter, George St, North Strathfield 2137

pad thai chicken

For a good portion of the last decade, pad thai was probably Sydney’s favourite dish, akin to the English and their fondness for chicken tikka masala.  Thai food joints popped up everywhere, often right next door to each other, and we just couldn’t get enough of their delicious red curries, chili and basil stir-fries, and this delicious noodle concoction known as pad thai.  Even though Thai has long been replaced by Mexican and American dude food in trendiness and popularity stakes, it is still a firm favourite amongst many Australians.

Thai Paragon is situated in the Bakehouse Quarter in North Strathfield, a stone’s throw away from Outback Steakhouse and Pancakes on the Rocks.  The restaurant is all dark wood and moody inside, but on a nice sunny autumn day, there is no better seat than outside, even if the cars are passing within metres of your table.

The pad thai chicken is a measley $10.90 as a lunch special, and you get a serving big enough to keep you fuelled for nearby tenpin bowling or laser skirmish activities.  The noodles came out an odd pink colour, but were sprinkled liberally with raw bean sprouts for fresh crunch, along with a wedge of lemon and crushed peanuts.  The bean sprouts and peanuts added a nice contrast in texture to the chewy noodles and tender chicken, and the sour lemon juice cut through the sweet flavour of the noodles.

Strangely, there were two big lonely chunks of red capsicum that seemed a bit out of place in amongst the strands of noodles, but otherwise there was a nice even sprinkling of chicken, mini tofu cubes and egg throughout.

Overall it was a decent dish of springy noodles with sweet and sour flavours and mix of textures.  The service is relatively quick for lunch service and pretty good value too.

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