Lunch options in Bangsar are always a headache. Nothing is depressingly bad, but nothing is outstandingly good either. Somehow or another being stuck in a upper middle class nightmarish dreamscape with has rendered the food scene docile and subservient in form and conventionality like it's inhabitants. The Telawi area in Bangsar, bounded by Maarof and Jalan Ara is a little crucible of chicness with flagrant displays of wealth. The flaunting of German Marquess and French Label handbags are unabashed together with the affectionate displays of the expatriate and their local trophies.
Bangsar Village has taken the place of the neighborhood mall, and housed within Bangsar Village two is a pair of dizygotic twins, one christened with a clever pun "For Goodness Sake" which concentrates on Japanese cuisine and Sake, and the other christened plainly "It's a Noodle Bar". Both of them share a common menu. The decor is interesting, sort of a cross between Meathead David Chang's Ssam Noodle Bar and the functional fast food chain Wagamama at Soho with Lewis Caroll having a whimsical free hand in it's interior concept.
Seared Beef with ponzu. Hardly the tataki as described in the menu as it was sliced really thin but unfortunately, no hint of rawness.
The menu features the classic noodles dishes that are found in the streets plus some Japanese Udons. Side dishes for lunch include some Makis, and finger food such as soft shelled crabs and seared beef with ponzu. Those expecting edgy menus with new permutations of old favourites will be disappointed.
The Cold noodles were fairly well presented, the Cold Cha Soba was served on a bed of crushed ice whereas the Oroshi Udon was garnished in pretty orange daikon. There was nothing particularly adventurous or magical to it, nor anything that gives you an epiphanic vision. Just some well prepared cold noodles.
My dining companion who was recovering from a sordid weekend of sordid Bacchanalian Orgy opted for the warm beef noodles which smelled pretty good from where I sat.
The Umaki was a dreadful concoction of unagi eel omelet doused with Kewpie Mayo. The seared beef with ponzu was much better in comparison and the deep fried soft shelled crabs were crispy perfection.
There only two types of ice cream served as Japanese dessert and Yakitoris are only available for dinner.
At a first glance, It's a Noodle Bar seemed to have fallen for the same disease as the other eateries in the vicinity with it's unimaginative offerings. However it's lack of pretension is accentuated with it's very decent down to earth prices of about RM9 to 18 for noodle dishes and RM8 to 38 for side dishes. A decent meal with a drink can be had for RM20+.
What makes it stand out would be it's very eager to please and pleasant staff and it's quirky Alice In Wonderland gone bonkers in Asian kitchen decor. A charming place to dine on the run without hurting the wallet. Otherwise, It's just another Noodle Bar.
It's a Noodle Bar
2F-29, Bangsar Village II,
No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, KL.