Address: Level 1, Casino, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW
Sun – Thurs 11:30am – 2:00am, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 6:00am
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Last night one of my best friends (who shall now be known as MDS) and I decided to have some dinner out in the city. We finally decided on checking out The Star, which I hadn’t been to before, and set off towards Pyrmont.
When we got there I was surprised at the casino’s transformation. It had changed from old and staid to new and exciting. The old façade was replaced by glass and coloured lights, and new restaurants and clubs made it busier and more interesting. The revamp had definitely improved it.
After wondering about for a bit we asked a staff member about the dining options available at the casino. We were told that with such late notice Momofuku and Black by Ezard were booked out but the other restaurants would be available. We eventually decided on some Asian and headed towards a small, informal eatery called ‘The Fat Noodle.’
The Fat Noodle
Luke Nguyen is the master Chef behind this Chinese/Indonesian/Vietnamese/Thai/Malaysian eatery.
We were quickly seated on one of the high benches. Although we would have preferred a lower table we didn’t want to wait the 10 minutes as we were starving.
Service was pretty good and the staff came over a few times to ask us what we wanted to eat, until we eventually made up our minds and placed an order.
I ordered a Sweet Longan Tea to drink, which was an extremely sweet lychee-like fruit tea which came in a tall glass with longans at the bottom. The longans were a purple-y colour (maybe stained from the tea?) and looked very unusual. It had a bit of a “brown sugar” flavour but was refreshing and a good way to balance out the spice in the food.
To start off we ordered some Honey Soy Prawn skewers which were delicious and fragrant. Although it would have been better if there were 4 skewers instead of 3, we really enjoyed this entree and the honey flavour reminded me of another of my favourite Asian dishes, honey chicken.
I decided on a Singapore Laksa which had a combination of scallops, prawns, chicken, tofu and egg. It came out in a HUGE bowl and I was impressed by the appearance of the dish in general. The taste was great too and I really enjoyed the creamy laksa. I overheard someone else who ordered the dish comment that they were sweating cos it was too spicy but I thought it had just the right amount of flavour and spice. I could have done with a few more prawns and a bit more chicken, however.
My friend, MDS, ordered the Wok tossed Angus Beef with Noodles. It also came out in a large bowl. I tried some of the beef and crunchy nuts on top and found it was well-cooked and tasty. My friend seemed to enjoy the dish too and ate most of it.
Overall a delicious meal with good service. The food was tasty and filling and the atmosphere was great as the restaurant is in the middle of the Casino floor. A good experience.
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 6
- Food- 7
- Ambience- 7
- Value – 8.5