Noodle Theory Provisions and Uji Time – Oakland

What better thing to feast on than noodles and soft serve with friends after a long week? This was the first time we ate at Noodle Theory Provisions, although we did visit their other location in the Rockridge area. I’d classify their cuisine as fancified noodles and Asian fusion type cuisine. I’m somewhat guarded when it comes to more expensive Asian cuisine and Asian fusion in general. There’s something about classic food that I feel doesn’t need to be edited or changed. If it aint broke, why eff it up?

How would they do? When we visited the other Noodle Provisions, I was very skeptical. It turned out okay, but $16 for a bowl of ramen seems a little much. Even more so now that we visited Japan and had the best bowl of ramen we ever had for less than that. In any case, we wanted to give it another shot.

Grilled Hawaiian Butterfish over Roasted Cauliflower and Noodles in a Spicy Thai Green Curry ($20)

We ordered the butterfish so we could get an idea of a more dry noodle option compared to a soup. And I’m not gonna lie, the first half of this dish was actually quite good. The fish fell apart and easily melted away in our mouths. It was rich in flavor and along with the noodles, created a nice tag team. If the noodles weren’t overcooked, it would have been The spice let you know whose pace to follow and the curry also was rich and slightly heavy. That’s why half way through you sort of want to stop due to it being a lot to stomach all at once.

Spicy Garlic Mary’s Chicken Ramen in a Light Pork Miso Broth ($16)

Luckily we always share stuff and this lighter ramen option was the perfect choice to accompany the heavier curry noodles. It was better than I remembered from before and I would order it again.

The chicken comes on the side so it doesn’t get soggy which is highly appreciated! And this could almost stand alone. The crunch on the outside was thick with the chicken being fairly moist. It think if you wanted to dunk it in the broth for a little it would hold up.

Matcha/black sesame soft serve with fish cone and green tea Pocky ($5.48)

Uji Time is not walking distance from Noodle Provisions unfortunately. We had to get in our cars and head over 2.5 miles to the Berkeley area. That worked out perfectly as it gave us a chance to digest and work that appetite back up. I’ve always enjoyed soft serve, but in recent years Asian flavors are becoming more popular, which is awesome. Normally black sesame and green tea are my go to flavors. As you can see we opted for matcha on top but the black sesame is hidden underneath the cute taiyaki cone. The matcha flavor itself isn’t too strong or bitter, and the sweetness seems to be just right. The black sesame is slightly nutty, toasty, and sweet. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t had it before. I suggest getting a sample if you don’t want to commit to a whole cone of the unknown. Speaking of cones…the fish cone is nice to look at but isn’t necessary for me. I come for the soft serve!

Final Thoughts

That’s it! Noodles and soft serve. Not too bad of a combination there. Overall, I think I enjoyed Noodle Theory Provisions a bit better this time around. Nothing was mind blowingly tasty, but everything was solid. And you can’t really go wrong with the soft serve at Uji Time. Now that it is starting to get hot, me thinks soft serve will be consumed more frequently…

Noodle Theory Provisions
5849 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608

Uji Time
2575 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

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