Our first pick was the the Xibo style spicy wide noodles - $13.80. The noodles are handmade with loving violence by a super tops auntie out the back, she slams that dough onto the counter with an almighty loud THWACK! The noodles are excellent, thick with a nice bite to them. There's a few slices of wafer thin beef coated with oil and Sichuan pepper which are a little bit wonderful.
Swanky Noodle Restaurant is so swanky that you may have to put out afterwards. If that sounds less than swanky to you, order some Spicy lamb chops - $15.80. These are hunky chunks of deep fried chumpy lardy lamb chops, a feed so filling it will put the proverbial bromide in anybody's tea.
The batter is surprisingly light and crunchy, heading into tempura territory. The light batter and the fatty lamb pair up nicely, it's like popcorn lamb chops. The crunchy nuggets are spiced up with Sichuan pepper and very gently cooked onion rings, plus some capsicum for colour. It's a huge serve. We stuff ourselves yet walk out with a full container of lamb and most of Alison's dignity.
Fried chives with bean sprouts - $11.80. It was close to chive-less but we enjoyed the fresh lightness of it all the same. The clean simple fresh flavours worked wonders between mouthfuls of lardy lamb and stodgy noodle.
If we lived nearby we'd be back on a weekly basis for those handmade noodles, dang they're good.
Swanky Noodle Restaurant is at Shop 1, 115-125 Church St, Parramatta.
After lunch we walk off our popcorn lambchops following the Parramatta River down to the ferry stop at Olympic Park. It's a great walk, strange in parts, a mashup of ancient tree-lined riverscapes, suburbia old and new, detours into business parks, the odd glimpse of the riverside heavy industry of yesteryear, ending with a family friendly strip of reclaimed parkland and a bunch of tourists who get off the ferry at Olympic Park wondering where the heck the stadiums are, it's just a bunch of bloody trees. Not so many moons ago much have this would have been unwalkable, some of it toxic. We love Sydney, and it's getting better.