Having set out on the seemingly impossible task of going out for a Chinese meal, on Chinese New Year, without having booked, we ended up having a lovely meal at the China Noodle
off Eltham High Street.
Admittedly, it wasn't first on our list, as we worked our way down the 'fully bookeds', and those not answering. And so we ended up ringing the China Noodle a little hesitantly since the last time we had eaten there well over a decade ago was not a wholly good experience. The place has changed hands since though.
The children were set on a Chinese meal and so off we trouped into the hard rain. It's not the most glamorous of settings, inside or out. Elm Terrace was known over a decade ago as the site of one of Greenwich's leisure centres. In my young, free and single days I would trot down there, meeting my exercise buddy Chris, for various classes, including my favourite 'funk aerobics' on a Sunday morning (that came to an abrupt end when the instructor got a part in a west end show and danced off into the fame and fortune sunset). That Centre was flattened long ago with the land wasting away all this time although today I saw some hopeful looking piles of breeze blocks and stuff - maybe something is happening there. But I digress down memory lane...
I'd recommend the China Noodle for its food and value, as long as you can put up with the plastic tablecloths and power ballads soundtrack. We had the set menu at £13.50 per person (we only needed to order three of these for our party of 2 adults and 2 children). It's one of those menus where the food just keeps on coming in different courses. (p.s. it's cash only, no cards)
So Kung Hei Fat Choi to those celebrating the Chinese New Year.
21-22 Elm Terrace
London SE9 5DW
Tel: 020 8850 8660