Chopsticks Noodle Bar | My Gala Dinner in Leh

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Before we all said goodbye to Leh, we had our gala dinner at Chopsticks Noodle Bar. It was also the first time in a week of our stay, that we were not dining at a makeshift shack or café, but a rather fine-dining place. However, it was 2nd October and Chopsticks, just like all cafes and restaurants throughout Leh, had decided to serve only vegetarian food that night.

Chopsticks
Chopsticks

Chopsticks Noodle Bar looked nice, neat and beautiful. The huge Chinese decorative fans, flowers and modern furniture make the place look chic. Located on the first floor, Chopsticks has provisions for outside seating, adorned with very nice lamps in the shape of birds on the trees and other planters. Oddly enough, another major highlight of the place is that, it is the only place in the city, with a decent washroom.

The staff looked busy and at times confused, but the guy who looked after our table was able to explain the menu well enough. Since it was a vegetarian day, we took us quite a while to decide what to eat. After much deliberation, we placed the order for the six of us:

  • Veg Wonton soup
  • Lemon Coriander soup
  • Veg Spring roll
  • Tandoori mushroom
  • Potato chilli fries
  • Veg crispy noodles
  • Veg Pad Thai Noodles
  • Veg Katsu Curry
  • Veg Hakka Noodles
  • Veg Fried Rice

The thing I always love about Chinese food is that the portions are quite filling. The portions for soups were good enough for 3 people! However, the Lemon Coriander Soup was too lemony, which the staff changed immediately. The second bowl was yummy, with an apt balance of flavors. Wonton Soup can be an entire meal in itself and would keep you warm and cozy on a cold day.

Lemon Coriander soup
Lemon Coriander soup
Veg Wonton soup
Veg Wonton soup

Even though I prefer Non-vegetarian food (for some unknown reason), I have always preferred eating Vegetarian Spring Rolls. The Spring Rolls were served with Ginger-Chilli sauce. The sweetness of the sauce complemented the soft noodles filling and crunchy fried pastry on the outside.

Veg Spring roll
Veg Spring roll

Tandoori Mushroom was a nice surprise. Firstly to order Tandoori Mushrooms with other delicacies was a little amusing anyway. But no regrets here! The mushrooms tasted good and it was served with equally tasty green chutney.

Tandoori mushroom
Tandoori mushroom

I have recently discovered this and I must confess, that Potato Chili Fry is always the best thing to order, at such Indian Chinese fusion eateries. The moment it arrived on our table we couldn’t stop ourselves and quite evidently, it disappeared in a jiffy. The crispy  potatoes, the balance of flavours (sweet, sour, chilli etc) and the generous quantity, all pretty much make this dish a must try.

Potato chilli fries
Potato chilli fries

Veg crispy noodles were served with a black bean sauce on top. The sticky mushrooms and other green vegetables were well cooked, while the ginger flavour was mild and perfect.

Whenever in doubt, I usually order Pad Thai Noodles. I think it’s really difficult to go wrong with this preparation. The tangy noodles, served with sprouts, peanuts and lemon, need no other flavour/seasoning. This one was a little too saucy, but once lemon was squeezed on top, it became perfectly flavoursome.

Veg crispy noodles
Veg crispy noodles
Veg Pad Thai Noodles
Veg Pad Thai Noodles

Veg Katsu Curry is a homestyle cooked potato curry with veggies, served with Rice and Kimchi Salad. Although it wasn’t too spicy, the potato curry felt a little too starchy to me. The only good thing about this dish was the Kimchi Salad. Order only if you’re in a mood to experiment.

Veg Katsu Curry
Veg Katsu Curry

The Veg Fried Rice and Hakka noodles were reasonably good and fairly filling.

The bill came up to Rs 1510 inclusive of taxes.

After days of adventure and exploration, we just wanted to have something familiar and filling and Chopsticks gave us just that. Not the most interesting place in Leh, Chopsticks, nevertheless, is like a flashy oasis, in the middle of huge brown lifeless, yet enchanting mountains.

Chinese fan
Chinese fan

For more, Read: Best places to eat in Leh-Ladakh 

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