Yippee Noodle Bar: Review
A relaxed pan-Asian dining experience well-known for its fresh ingredients
Situated on King Street, Yippee is in the ideal central town location. They pride themselves on a fast and friendly service, which is certainly what we got. Greeted immediately, we were given a choice of where to sit and directed towards the drinks menu. Our waiter (Ben) recommended we try the Apple, Carrot and Ginger juice and the Apple, Cucumber and Lime juice – although initially unsure about the flavour combinations, they turned out to be surprisingly tasty.
Once the drinks arrived, Ben was happy to recommend customer favourites. He also told us that the chefs are happy to cook food to order – taking into account dietary requirements, allergies or a even a preference to a certain noodle type. After much deliberation over the variety of dishes, we went for Tempura Prawns, Satay Chicken and Giant Indonesian Prawn Crackers.
The starters arrived extremely quickly, and we were amazed at the freshness of the food. Forget greasy Chinese takeaway prawn crackers, these things are the real deal. Both the prawns and the chicken were cooked to perfection and packed with flavour – a far cry from the usual processed aftertaste we all know and have grown accustomed to.
For mains we decided on Sweet and Sour Roast Pork and Roast Duck Ho Fun, and after another short wait we were given two beautifully presented plates of food. Although averaging at about £9 a meal, the portions were big and would definitely satisfy a large appetite. Being an avid sweet and sour fan, I had high expectations, but it didn’t disappoint. The sauce had an exotic flavour and the battered pork was surprisingly light.
Despite our rapidly filling stomachs, we decided to try the Banana Fritters, with Ben telling us this was hands down the best dessert. They certainly did not disappoint, as the speed with which the plate became empty confirmed. To be honest you can’t really go wrong with deep-fried bananas covered in syrup – seriously dreamy.
Having been open for 15 years, Yippee has acquired a mixture of customers – from students to family regulars – and prides itself on customer satisfaction. If there’s a wait for a table they will call you when there’s space. If you’re pushed for time they do takeout with 10% off (the student dream).
When asked to describe their restaurant in 3 words, they came up with “fresh, flexible and flavour” – a fitting summary for the high quality food and attentive staff.