Let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a bar. There is no bar there. Calling it a “Grill” is iffy. Though you can get a hamburger there, it is not your average backyard burger. It’s a Chinese Hamburger. Now that we got that out of the way, what is 365 Noodle Bar and Grill? It is a FANTASTIC Szechuan Chinese restaurant located at 478 Plainview Road, Hicksville, NY 11801. There is a huge Asian Market, H&Y Marketplace, next door. Perhaps that’s where they get their ingredients?
Lessons in Writing Restaurant Reviews
- Don’t wait a month to write it
- Don’t lose your notes
- There is no Rule #3
- When in doubt as to what a dish is, because of #1, and #2, make a game out of it.
What was Remembered
- The food was great!
- It was Szechuan cuisine (What’s the difference between “Szechuan” and “Sichuan”?)
- Our server was Nina. She was great! Her English is so-so, but I think that’s because she was trying to ignore my poor attempts at humor.
- The restaurant was clean
- Service was excellent
- All of the dishes were delicious
- Almost all the dishes were spicy
- It’s not a bar. They don’t serve Chinese beer nor white wine. You can get red wine by the glass and/or a Heiniken.
What we ordered (in no particular order. See Lesson #2 in Writing Restaurant Reviews):
Dan Dan Noodles – You can’t go to a Szechuan Chinese restaurant and not order Dan Dan Noodles, can you? Well, we didn’t take a chance. We did. And they were great! Sometimes the minced pork in Dan Dan Noodles can be dry. This pork was moist, and the noodles were yummy. Don’t forget to mix it all up before serving! Want to make these at home? They this recipe for Dan Dan Noodles.
Pork Soup Dumplings – I could have sworn we ordered these (Again, refer to the rules of review writing above). We had to! But, I don’t have a picture of them. So, we must not have. That’s the way it works. No picture = Didn’t order ’em, and therefore did not eat them. So, I guess there is nothing to write here.
String Beans with Eggplant – As you know, I love string beans, and was never a fan of the eggplant until I tried it a few years ago in a Chinese restaurant. I found out that they are not made from eggs. Who knew? And plants and now the in thing to eat. That being said, I loved the String Beans, and since no one was looking, nor would they remember a month later (sometimes those rules come in handy), I didn’t try the eggplant this time for some reason that I could make up, but I won’t.
Sauteed Lamb with Cumin Seeds – Marvelous, moist, sumptuous lamb cooked to perfection with just the proper amount of cumin so as not to overwhelm this dish. Amazing how memory works sometimes, isn’t it?
Chicken – I know, that’s not very descriptive, but my CRS was flaring up. I think this was a nice dish. But, even if it wasn’t the others more than made up for it. If anyone ate at 365 Noodle Bar and Grill and ordered this dish and can post its name in the comments at the bottom of this page, it would be greatly appreciated!
After all these spicy dishes, you really need something to soak it all up and keep your stomach happy. Don’t underestimate a happy belly. You’re only grateful for it when your tummy has had enough or more than enough than it can tolerate. At this time then, ordering a rice dish was the right call.
House Special Fried Rice – What other restaurants would call Young Chow Fried Rice, they call House Special. It’s the same ingredients. Only there is better. After all, it is special. You can’t call something special unless it really is. It really was. Far too many times, these rice dishes come out dry. Perhaps the thought is that if they are dry, they can absorb more. I disagree. The drier it is, the less your want to eat it. And it only works on your stomach if you actually eat the rice. Make sure when you’re at 365 Noodle Bar and Grill that you order this dish.
Before we get to our, umm, ratings. ~Cough Cough~ Let’s have a little fun. There was one dish that we ordered that for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was. Odd though, because I remember it was good. How do I remember? Don’t ask.
The Mystery Dish
Please post your answers in the comments section at the bottom of this article – more like the bottom of the page, since we fill up the area below articles with clickbait and some advertisements. Someone has to pay to keep the lights on, and our website up. We appreciate your clickiness.
WHAT is this dish? ==>
It’s very colorful. has some green bell peppers in it for sure.
Bonus points if you can identify who’s hand is in the picture.
This concludes our review. Thank you for putting up with my shenanigans. Oh wait, I’m not done yet with those…
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)