Life today is all about getting things done on the go. We have mobile apps which ensure that we can check our email, transfer funds and shop for groceries, all while we run around like headless chickens for a bunch of chores that we deem as more important. Our need to be constantly on the move, or constantly working is what has lead to the fast food being a necessity and not an occasional treat. While fast food might suffice our hunger, it honestly does not fulfill the nutrition that your body requires. Do you know any place that serves a quick bite but is also freshly made, free of preservatives and top notch quality? Well I do. No Strings Attached, is all of this and a lot more.
Located inside the premise of Ganapathyram Theatre, L.B Road, Adayar, No Strings Attached is a small eating joint that can seat upto 10 people and is the perfect pitstop to grab your lunch on the go. I say small eating joint, because it is NOT a restaurant. They serve all the food in disposable containers, the portions are perfect for a single person, and the pricing will put a huge smile on your face. The decor is simple and the colour scheme is one of my favourties- purple!
No Strings Attached has 11 items on the menu that caters to a wide range of tastebuds with one common denominator- NOODLES. Yess all you noodle lovers out there, no, not Maggi noodles, but the regular noodles lover, this place is heaven for you. And oh! It is completely vegetarian.
Lets take a look at the items on the menu.
Priced at 59INR
You get one big container of hot tomato soup. The kind of soup that you would make at home , with the taste of fresh tomatoes rather than the sour flavour of canned tomato puree. The soup contains noodles, an assortment of vegetables and crispy tortillas chips that are made in house.(The tortilla chips are so good I would buy a box of just that if they were selling it). This is the sort of soup that you need as comfort food on any day, especially the current rainy ones we are having here in Chennai, (I hope I haven’t jinxed it) and it will leave you licking the container clean
No Mo Sa
Priced at 79INR
Nothing too different from the traditional samosa except that it is filled with potatoes, noodles and very mildly spiced. The samosa covering is made in house, and the samosa was definitely light and less oily. Usually I shy away from samosa because they are a recipe for instant acidity for me, but the No Mo Sa did not hurt my tummy at all. No Mo(re) Sa(ying) No to Samosa.
Priced at 79INR
I am a huge fan of spring rolls and when they are good as the ones at No Strings Attached, I can go on eating them. The outer covering is thin and evenly cooked. The filling inside is a simple combination of noodles and vegetables (I distinctly remember carrots) that are sauteed and stuffed. Crunchy on the outside and tasty on the inside, this is all good things wrapped and fried.
Its a Wrap
Priced at 129INR
This Tortilla wrap is the best dish of the lot at No Strings Attached. The Tortilla wrap itself is made in house and the filling is made of fresh ingredients that keeps the entire meal so light. It is big enough to be a substantial meal on its own and yet not so big that a single person struggles to finish it. This is one dish that I would definitely go back for.
Priced at 169INR
Pizza with noodles as part of the toppings. It is like 2 of my favourite dishes in one. The tomato sauce is tangy and with the stringy cheese, you have a sure winner. The size is that of a personal pan. The toppings also include olives, tomatoes and capcisum, but I think noodles is pretty much all my eyes caught onto.
Priced at 89INR
Sambar with noodles? Sounds weird right? Well that is what Madras is. I tasted this very apprehensively because I was convinced there was no way this could taste good. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this tasted better than I anticipated. In fact it was a hit with everyone. The sambar was not filled with masala, and was very tasty with the right balance of tamarind and other spices. Very Chennai. Very unique.
Priced at 99INR
For the Thai lovers, this is a combination of Thai Green curry with noodles. The flavour of lemongrass was a bit overpowering and that kind of did not let you get a sense of the other ingredients in the dish. It was not spicy, unless of course you bit into a chilli.
Priced at 89INR
If the name does not suggest that this has Chinese flavours, well the deep colour of the soya sauce in which the noodles are tossed and the spring onion on top will surely bring it to your attention. This most definitely made me crave some good ol’ gobi manchurian and was one of the noodle dishes that had the most amount of sauce.
Priced at 99INR
How can one go wrong with Italian and noodles. A simple Arrabiata sauce packed with the flavour of thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano. Just the smell of this had us drooling. It is also pretty healthy because it seemed to be cheese-free. However between the pizza and this, I think I would order the pizza again.
Another Indian twist to the noodles. This time it is a rich creamy paneer makhani sauce into which the noodles are mixed. My husband loved this one! It was the one noodle dish that he wanted to have more of.
Priced at 129INR
When I say noodles, if all you are thinking of is veg fried noodles, well you will not be disappointed. No Strings Attached has left no stone unturned to ensure that every flavour craving of yours is satisfied (except maybe the sweettooth). Riddle is a combination of veg fried rice and veg fried noodles (Rice + Noodles = Riddle). The perfect street food option that we all love.
And that brings me to the end of the menu at No Strings Attached. I think one general thing that I hope they address is the fact that a few of the noodle varieties were a bit dry. I think a bit more sauce would be needed so that it retains the flavour and keeps the noodles tender for longer.
My personal favourites were Its a Wrap, Noodlezza, Riddle, and Rolly Polly, and oh oh Souper. Okay that’s a lot of favourites but they were really good , okay!
All of these dished were paired with some cold Sprite and good company.
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What is your favourite noodle dish?
*We were invited to try the menu in exchange for our honest opinion.