Asian Noodles: Which Way to Mecha?
Mecha Noodle Bar has amazing noodle...and more.
If you go to Mecha Noodle Bar on a Saturday night you might think this is the hot spot for all of Fairfield County. The restaurant is crackling with good vibes and cool looking customers. You may even have to wait a bit for a table, but it is worth the wait, not only for the food but also for the people watching. The experience here is all bustle and hearty eating and although you sit shoulder to shoulder with other diners at the long table in the center, you can feel the conviviality.
Mecha’s short menu has some wonderful dishes that do not come in a bowl of broth, so before I go on about the heart and soul of the place (bowls of noodles) I should mention those I especially liked. The roasted mushroom dumplings are very savory and delicate at the same time. The Bao rolls are also extremely popular. If you are unfamiliar with Bao (pronounced bow as when you get a round of applause, not the thing tied around your neck or a Christmas gift) it is a ivory-colored steamed Asian bun, into which is layered beef, chicken, or pork, then topped with pickled vegetables and a squirt of spicy aioli. A health-conscious vegetarian friend was very pleased with the crispy kale salad served with a big poppadum and dressed with very nice miso vinaigrette.
Getting down to business, I ordered a huge bowl of Ramen, and an equally huge bowl of Pho. My order alone took up most of the small table and I looked like a complete pig sitting in front of two giant bowls. I truly did not expect such generous servings. I happily slurped away, dribbling it down my face and shirt but no one seemed to notice my immense dinner or my slovenly table manners. Everyone was too busy tucking into his or her own giant soups.
Mecha Noodle Bar
1215 Post Rd.,
$ Inexpensive to Moderate