(Speedy) REVIEW: In defence of Speedy Noodle

After an outraged tweet by Vanessa G about our failure to review Speedy Noodle on Brixton Rd, we challenged her to rectify the wrong and tell us why she loves it so much

Speedy Noodle, which proudly dominates the space between Risky and HSBC on Brixton Rd, has long been serving the community with its extensive menu of far-Eastern cuisine.

Given that Brixton is now celebrated as a foodie haven, with restaurants, bars and delis revered by mainstream press and citizen journalists alike, why has Speedy Noodle, one of our original independent eateries been overlooked? Some might say it’s due to the bright lighting and clinical feel, some might be suspicious that anywhere so cheap could possibly hold any quality. Most, I suspect, are mere snobs who choose not the stray from the Village Tourist Trail. Yet, for those not yet initiated, it offers many virtues, albeit with a lack of shabby-chic bunting.

You enter into a vast area with on-trend communal bench style seating, enabling you to get close enough to listen to other diners’ arguments if you so wish, or to sneak into a far corner for a private discussion with your own lover.

The lighting is indeed bright and somewhat unflattering, but at least this clearly illuminates the menu – and what a vast menu it is.

While so many places now choose to restrict their meal choices to one or two offers, Speedy Noodle offers well over a hundred different dishes, most of which are served with either rice, or noodles (both arrive equally speedily). Vegetarians are well catered for, with a range of vegetable and soya-protein dishes. The restaurant is licensed although there is a good selection of non-alcoholic drink options available.

The portions are large and, quite frankly, delicious. Don’t start protesting with your MSG-related worries. Deep in your heart you know that if some tasty meals were served in a more fashionable location they would be well praised. The fact that, thanks to its convenient late opening times, Speedy Noodle is the perfect late-night eatery after a few pints should not be allowed to overshadow another fact – the food is yum.

Perhaps most importantly, in these budget-conscious times of austerity, Speedy Noodle is cheapcheapcheap, with mains around the £4 range. I would highly recommend a visit  to anyone looking for a cheap, filling and unpretentious meal in Brixton.

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2 responses to “(Speedy) REVIEW: In defence of Speedy Noodle

  1. Stuart

    I have to agree. While you might gravitate towards the Village for a proper meal out as a treat, or to show off what’s become of Brixton to your mates, Speedy Noodle rocks for good, hearty food. See it for what it is. It’s not pretentious (and some of the Village falls down here) and great value for money. Choose well and it’ll become just as much a favourite as Fed Co.

  2. Antonio

    I came definitely late to this review, however I need to say something here. Besides the difference between an eatery and a restaurant, which I believe in many occasions does make a difference (you want to show visitors local restaurants rather than anonymous eateries), quality if a major obstacle here.
    Long time Brixton resident as I am, I may have been particularly unlucky with Speedy Noodles but in the last 5 years I have been sick in all three times I ate there. The second time in particular my GP diagnosed a fully fledged food poisoning.
    I think food reviewers should learn to judge food places not just by the taste and/or the cooking style, as it seems to be the rule in UK these days, but also, and especially, by the quality of chosen products. In this, Speedy Noodles miserably fails to establish a presence in Brixton, especially considering having a big market of fresh meat/fish/veg/fruit right in front.

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