Hare And Tortoise, WC1N 1AF

This is a cheap and cheerful noodle bar just along the road from Russell Square tube station


Main courses are priced from 4.30, inclusive of rice or noodles. The portions are decently-sized; a main course will fill you up.

The noodles used are wheat noodles but don't contain egg, so are suitable for vegans; you can choose plain steamed rice instead of noodles in any case. The vegetable stirfry in satay sauce is kind of greasy, especially when you have it with noodles, and it has too much sauce in relation to the other ingredients. (In fact, all of the dishes I've tried here seem to have a bit of a problem with the ingredients--sauce--rice ratio, though I might be unusual in rather liking rice in itself rather than as something to soak up juices. --Kake) The nicest vegan dish is possibly Saute Beancurd and Mixed Vegetables Lo Mein ; the beancurd is well-seasoned with a sweetish, soy-sauce-based marinade, and hence less bland than in the other vegetarian dishes.

Their edamame (salty, boiled green soya beans, served as a starter or accompaniment to drinks) are nice, and a reasonably-sized bowl costs 2.50.

You can get takeaway if you prefer not to eat in.


They have beer (including Kirin on draught at 2.90/pint) and wine and a range of soft drinks. A large (250ml) glass of house white wine is 3.40, and not particularly awful. Oh, and they do plum wine spritzers, which are really quite a nice idea.

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