SO and I were in Westwood yesterday trying to decide where to have lunch when someone pulled out of a parking space, so we took it. Street parking is hard to find there. We went to Noodle Planet. We had been there twice before and I didn't like it because we had to stand in long lines, try to quickly decide what to have from the steam table selections or the menu that I didn't have memorized. Yesterday we found the steam table and lines are gone. You are now seated and given a menu.
The restaurant is big, bright, cheerful, busy and noisy. Cash only.
The food is Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Large menu.
He had a Chinese dish, chow fun noodles with sliced beef and veges. A little spicy. Delicious. I had Vietnamese charbroiled shrimp and egg rolls served on rice vermicelli noodles with basil, cilantro, chopped peanuts, pickled veges and a dipping sauce for the egg rolls. Delicious. Thai ice coffee and a Coke. There was enough leftover for lunch today. We also ordered Won Ton and Noodle soup and egg rolls to have for dinner last night. Very good. The bill came to $37.24 before the tip and we had lunch and dinner, and lunch again today.
We now have a new favorite restaurant outside of Chinatown.
Noodle Planet, 1118 Westwood Blvd., L. A., down the street from UCLA. There is another location at 700 West Valley Blvd., Alhambra. I think they're also in Pasadena.