MADAME WU’S NOODLE BAR
195 The Parade Norwood SA 5067
So the very first experience for Adelaide Retrospect was a sampling of Madame Wu’s offerings. One of the team members, let us call him Liam, is a frequent diner to Madame Wu’s and while he can neither confirm nor deny this but that for the whole week leading up to our meal he was referring to it as “Madame WOOOOOOOOS!”. This was of course accompanied by an an appropriate amount of hand flailing over his head – yes this is exactly what he was doing, no exaggerating.
So what should you expect when going to Madame Wu’s? Well if you are looking for an authentic Asian experience with traditional Asian dishes then you should keep looking. If, however, you are going to put your taste buds above what your ‘connoisseurs of Asian food friends’ tell you then read on.
For starters there was Salt & Pepper Squid, Pan Dan Chicken and Spring Rolls. Rob referred to the squid as “Phenomenal” and even though it is a fairly safe dish to choose it was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious and the general consensus was that it was the best Salt & Pepper Squid we had eaten. Entree’s were fantastic. Pricing was average but the quality was worth it.
The mains, while one of us was dubbed “Scroogey Mc Laksa Hoarder”, the rest of the team shared their meals. A food consortium? Yes, and we ordered Spicy Schechuan Beef, Choo Chee Chicken, Satay Beef and Special Fried Rice. The Laksa hoarder cannot rave enough about it though if you want it very hot you will need to ask. When the mains came out there were thoughts of how much harder we will have to work-out the next day and which one of the food consortium team should be bumped off and their meal stolen.
Liam stated “I could go on about the perfect blend of spices or the beautiful combination of flavours but I am not a food critic nor a complete toss-bag so I will just say: It was delicious”.
Now while their were not many points of distraction we should mention the odd couple. It did take some time for the staff to offer drinks when we first sat down. Do not get in the way of this team’s wine! But never mind we sort of forgot as we are thinking and getting distracted again by the delicious food we had consumed. While Madame Wu’s rates highly on the ‘dinner with friends’ scale it is not where we would suggest taking a first date. It all comes down to the ambience, or lack-therof. The hard tiled floor means it is a bit loud to hear your date over the noise and the lighting is a bit too bright, especially if you prefer more subtle lighting to hide the mole on your potential partner’s face.
One of our team members, Ross, has a small child and while she was a bit sleepy (we started dinner at 7pm) she managed to eat some of the entrees and then wriggle about for the next couple of hours. Luckily it was Thursday night and Ross being a wonderful dad managed to sneak across the road to Morning Glory and get some crayons and paper to keep her occupied.
With drinks our meal came to $265 for 7 people and the amount of time to ask for our bill and pay was minimal much to Shell’s delight. We will most certainly be eating at Madame Wu’s again and Liam’s advice is to take advantage of the free delivery within a 5km radius (although sadly for him this is not available every night) and eat the wonderful food in your own candle lit dining room.