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Cheu Noodle Bar

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Cheu Noodle Bar34.5
miso ramen • brisket • wings • coconut curry

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  • Photo of Rob Segal
    2 years ago
    coconut curry
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  • Photo of Philadelphia Weekly
    Comforting and adventurous all at once, this preparation crystallizes so much of what I look for when I’m in the mood for some stick-to-the-ribs goodness.
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  • Photo of City Paper
    3 years ago
    A near-impossible choice this year, but the new place that I find myself wanting to return is Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S. 10th St.). There are always new things, they’re somehow always great, and it’s priced so that you can actually keep going back.
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  • Photo of Megan726
    2 months ago
    Wanted to check it out after seeing it on "Million Dollar Review". There is a lot of reasons for me not to like this place. I am not a huge fan of ramen, the space is small making it a tight fit at the table and the menu is limited (to mostly ramen). However, this trendy little restaurant has great service and delicious food making a regular meeting place with friends.
  • Photo of pookala
    2 months ago
    A fun spot for an early dinner, considering they run a great happy hour 7 days a week Monday through Friday 5-6:30 and Sat & Sun 3-5. With 4 different (& delicious)small plates offered at $5 each you can't go wrong. The garlic chicken wings are terrific & I really liked the pork dumplings as well. Noodle dishes (entree sized portions) are also good. Solid, well executed dishes, not extraordinary but certainly satisfying. It's a teeny tiny spot with 10 table seats, bar/counter spots and a high top. Servers were lovely & it was a quickly paced meal. Vegetarian options are available, including one gluten free noodle dish, as well as a rice bowl, for those with intolerances.
  • Photo of Daniel I
    2 months ago
    We went for lunch in a hot day in September. Ambiance is great, staff is friendly and service very quick. Food is just ok, there's room to improve here. Maybe with too much garlic and oilish. Price is adequate.
  • Photo of PaulSmithiii
    3 months ago
    There is no unused space in Cheu Noodle so it can feel cramped or intimate depending on the dinner but the close quarters also means that you can watch much of the food prep. Always interesting to witness food produced in such tight spaces that turns into great flavors when the dish is sampled.
  • Photo of fluffnfold
    3 months ago
    My spouse and I visited CHeU Noodle Bar for lunch on a Sunday afternoon in late June 2017. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. CHeU primarily accepts walk-in customers; however, they do accept reservations for parties of six or larger (check their website for details). We also saw a few customers stop in to purchase takeout food. CHeU Noodle Bar opened in 2013 on South 10th Street in Center City/Washington Square. The chef/owners (one of whom previously worked at now-closed Matyson, his family’s business) also operate Bing Bing Dim Sum in East Passyunk, and a yet-to-open location of CHeU Noodle Bar in Fishtown. Before opening a brick and mortar store, they operated pop-up restaurants under a cheeky name. The current name “CHeU” is a spin on a family member’s last name combined with the idea of the “chewyiness” of noodles. The cozy interior of the restaurant seats nearly 30 guests at either a few tables in the front of the space or at the wooden chef’s counter, where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal. The wall opposite the chef’s counter includes a narrow wooden ledge for resting drinks; below, the owners mounted blocks of instant ramen noodles (behind plexi-glass) as a novel design element, and above, display some kitschy graffiti (there’s more pasted in the unisex restroom in the back). High ceilings and wood floors make the space seem larger than it probably is. The restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine, with noodles as its dominant feature, although it also offers some interesting appetizers/starters. When the restaurant first opened, they made their own noodles, which was a never-ending task. Now, they order most of their noodles, except for the hand-torn ones and the dumpling skins. We shared the unique pastrami dumplings to start, followed by the delicious coconut curry noodles and the tasty Sichuan spicy noodles, both with a side of (fantastic!) pork shoulder and an egg. CHeU has a liquor license, and their carefully curated offerings include a few beers, wines, designer cocktails, and some special non-alcoholic drinks (like the delicious yuzu lemonade that we sampled). Heartwarmingly, as we entered the restaurant, we passed one of the owners delivering a bowl of ramen to a homeless man on the street; even more impressive, the presentation of the components in the dish included all the myriad menu ingredients that a paying customer would receive. Nice job! We loved our lunch at CHeU Noodle Bar – the food was yummy, the service was great, and the atmosphere was energetic.
  • Photo of gatzbee
    3 months ago
    Came by for lunch on a weekday. Ordered the pastrami pork dumplings and the miso ramen. The dumplings were good though perhaps was expecting them to taste more unique. For lunch, you can add these or another appetizer selection on for an extra $4. I think next time I would try the black garlic chicken wings. As for the miso ramen, it was definitely flavorful with a nice serving of meat, though I think the soup base may border on mildly salty. I also ordered the green matcha coconut tea. I was expecting a little more than just a tea bag in hot water. Overall, I rate this 4 stars because the food was tasty and the service is very friendly. A nice very spot in the center city area.
  • Photo of Sjstrayer
    4 months ago
    It was hot and humid and we walked several blocks to try the black garlic wings. It was worth every step. These are crunchy, tasty and served piping hot. Simply put- the best wings I've ever eaten! My only disappointment is they don't sell jars of this sauce.
  • Photo of MissMD85
    5 months ago
    They have Happy Hour on the weekends, which is awesome! We got HH Wings and HH Rangoons... needless to say we ordered another round of wings - they were SO GOOD!!! We both got Miso Ramen and weren't crazy about it. The food came out very quickly and service was good. Our Gin & Juice drink was very good and $10 for a pilsner glass serving. We'll go back for the wings and maybe try a different bowl.
  • Photo of sarah n
    6 months ago
    Fusion ramen spot that's cute and trendy. Not too many ramen choices but they are all unique with a fusion flavor. We had the brisket ramen with matzo ball, brisket, and kimchi. The meat was extremely soft and the service was quick. Added bonus that there is happy hour even on weekends (includes a few small bites and some drinks).
  • Photo of Wanderlust87
    6 months ago
    Friends recommended that we try Cheu Noodle Bar when we visited Philly and it did not disappoint. This small space has a cool vibe and wonderful little menu. We sampled the miso ramen with pork shoulder and the brisket ramen with kimchi, along with the iced tea special of the day. Both ramen bowls were outstanding and the portions are generous. The iced tea was unusual and delicious. If we're lucky we'll get back to Philadelphia, and if we do we will visit Cheu again.
  • Photo of citywalker15
    7 months ago
    I had high hopes for this place, but upon entering I immediately found the hostess to be quite rude. The food here is overrated in my opinion, and expensive for what it is. We ordered the brussel sprouts to start, which were good but the portion was rather small for 10 dollars. I had the poke bowl, which was lacking in flavor and seemed to be drenched in a creamy sauce with little to balance it. My husband had a bowl of ramen, and noted that the noodles were too soft. There are many better options in the city.
  • Photo of Andraparrell
    10 months ago
    I am a Philadelphia native/local who tried Cheu because of all of the wonderful things I've heard about it. While the restaurant has a cool exclusive-feeling atmosphere the food simply does not deliver what the appealing decor promises. Having actually been to Japan I can say that this is not the kind of Ramen one finds in Japan. It is over seasoned, over salted and has a greesy quality that makes it unpleasant. I say all of this having given Cheu multiple tries. Philadelphia is a city with diverse food offerings, I would suggest that if anyone wants Ramen that they look elsewhere
  • Photo of KSD843
    a year ago
    We dine here when in town and can't say enough about the fun atmosphere and great food. The Black Garlic Wings and Miso Ramen are favorites. Love the creative food and drink specials! The place is small, so understand that going in. Warm and yummy. Shout out to Justin & Bryan who cooked for us, and our server Kyle!
  • Photo of Kevin W
    a year ago
    I wanted to try this place out for a very long time so when I went to the new Whole Foods on Pennsylvania Avenue I saw them there and decided to order the dumplings appetizer and for 6 bucks they weren't that bad...I don't think that ordering an appetizer at any restaurant gives you an accurate reflection of the restaurant but these were good although not much different than any other thing I've ever had
  • Photo of Aded1990
    a year ago
    The restaurant is very small and we were lucky we did not have to wait for a table. The staff are lovely, friendly and make you feel very welcome. The menu is very simple and small however there is something to suit everybody on it. We had Gyoza's to start which were incredible, definitely the best we have ever had. We then followed these with pork ramen which we could see being cooked from scratch in front of us. Having eaten a lot of Asian food we appreciated the authenticity of the flavours and the dedication the chef has in achieving good Asian food. The beers are all local guest beers which change regularly which we loved especially as we were on holiday so we got to some new beers. Definitely recommended eating here !!!
  • Photo of litphyl03
    a year ago
    Cheu Noodle Bar is small and uncomfortable. Their famous chicken wings were under-cooked not crisp. Don't understand the hype. After the wings I left.
  • Photo of MT K
    a year ago
    Had the miso ramen and ocean drop. Liked them both. Quick service. Sat at the bar since all tables taken which worked fine.
  • Photo of Wabbit_Taz
    a year ago
    Food was fine/average. Can't say I was particularly impressed by the ramen or green curry noodles. Ramen had a bit of a fishy quality to the noodles/broth (some folks love the complexity; I don't). Likewise, curry noodles had a bit too much of a "vinegary" taste. I wanted to like this place but wouldn't go out of my way to get here.
  • Photo of ithaca75
    a year ago
    I had lunch here while at a conference in Philadelphia. It's an easy walk from the convention center and the hotels of center city. It was full of millennials- you can decide what you wish about that. It's a small restaurant- probably only seats 30 or so. I got a seat at the bar. Music was loud but the vibe was fun. I had the beef and kimchi dumplings. Lovely flavor of sweet salty and a little sour. I also got the coconut curry noodles with pork shoulder added on. Both my waitress and a regular customer sitting next to me strongly recommended the add on. Fantastic! Portion sizes were large- I took half of my noodle dish to go. Both food and service was excellent. Great place for lunch!
  • Photo of Edward Y
    a year ago
    Maybe my expectations were too high after seeing Cheu Noodle Bar on a Top 50 Philly restaurant list. I ordered the corn rangoon which had a nice spicy kick to it. I thought they were yummy even if it tasted a little like a cheez-wiz dumpling. After seeing a few reviews on the brisket ramen, I ordered that. I regret not ordering the more conventional miso ramen. Each part of the ramen was fine - I especially liked the kimchi they used. It was the real stuff, and delicious! But just having the brisket and matzo ball in there was a little weird. Everything tasted fine, I just didn't think it was a great combination. Keep in mind the restaurant is pretty small, most of the seats are at the counter. The service was just average - not really personal or friendly.

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