Tucked away in one of the side streets behind the busy Upper Street in Angel, is this fantastic noodle and dumpling bar. It’s nothing short of great fresh tasting food. I really liked the simplicity of New Culture Revolution.
New Culture Revolution make their noodles fresh everyday and none of their dishes contain MSG. It really does feel like you are having a healthy meal and you can definitely tell the high quality of the food. I found that the food was not oily and the portions were big. It’s a good place to go for a satisfying lunch.
The vegetarian Chow Mein was great with its pieces of tofu, carrots, celery, baby corn, onions, mushrooms, mange tout and pine nuts. It was not laden with soy sauce like you would get in most restaurants. It also made a refreshing change as the noodles were the thin rice vermicelli ones instead of egg noodles. It was a filling meal without the heaviness that you normally get with noodle dishes. I would say that New Culture Revolution has got this Chow Mein perfect.
If you fancy something a bit more warming and hearty, then the Tong Mein is a good choice. This is a soup based dish with thick noodles, mange tout, spring onions, carrots, Chinese leaves and chicken. There were big pieces of chicken and plenty of vegetables too.
The staff were really friendly and it was a relaxing atmosphere. The decor is very simple with beige furniture and white walls but it works. Look out for the philosophical quotes that are hung on the walls.
New Culture Revolution, 42 Duncan Street, London, N1 8BLRating: