Tucked away along Great Russell Street, Tang Noodle Bar combines a stripped-back, no-frills interior with warm wooden tables and industrial style stools. The only cutlery on offer is chopsticks (or training chopsticks for the chopstick challenged!) – strictly no forks allowed…

Words: Rachel Mantock

Never having been able to get the hang of chopsticks within the first few seconds, I would always give up quickly and then unashamedly ask for a fork. To my surprise, that’s not how things work at Tang.

Chen, the cool, quirky and tatted everywhere chef told me playfully that she refuses to have forks in her restaurant and dropped me a pair of training chopsticks instead. These were easy to use, but secretly I vowed to master using real chopsticks within the next week, because I felt like a toddler with my cutesy training chopsticks.

The menu is small and simple; leaving no room for unnecessary fussing that often leads you to choose the wrong thing. The black bean tofu starter dish was so great that I would have been happy eating a huge bowl of it as my main also. Once it was time to order my main, I was already on a tofu roll, quickly selecting the salted vegetables and tofu tang glass noodle bowl, all washed down with a glass of white wine.

The atmosphere was warm and cosy, and the crowd was quirky, everyone dressed in distinctive, dark and striking ensembles. The food offering at Tang is of a higher quality than many of the city’s more glamorous Pan Asian spots, keeping true to traditional far eastern cuisine.

It’s perfect for a quick dip in and out, when you only have time for some small plates and a few drinks, but equally wonderful for long evenings spent catching up with friends and gossiping. I almost didn’t want to write this review because I had added Tang to my list of fantastic secret dining spots that I didn’t want anyone else to know about…


All food and drink is under £10

Good for…
Laid back dining and quick stops

What to eat…
Literally everything, but if you are only going for one thing, the black bean tofu

What to know…
It’s very easily missed, I walked past it twice, it’s located between between VQ and YMCA

111 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NQ; 020 7300 3324;