After walking past this small restaurant for years, I finally stopped in recently to grab a bowl of noodles for lunch. The signage on the facade is in Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and English, and the owners are Chiu Chow. Most of the menu is made up of noodles and rice plates with just a small section of ala carte dishes. In fact when I was having trouble deciding what to order, my waitress just asked me if I wanted rice or noodles, and then asked me to choose between fried noodles or noodle soup. The other patrons seemed to be evenly divided between the styles, so I ordered soup noodles just because it was cheaper.
I ended up with #30, Fish dumpling noodle soup with chives, $4.10. The thin, slippery machine-made sui gow wrappers encased a firm filling of white fish accented with chives. A dozen of them bobbed among the fine and wiry egg noodles. The broth was just okay with a little too much MSG. But all in all, a good lunch for the price. I'd go back to try the fried noodles (chow mein).
Capitol Kim Tar Restaurant
758 Pacific Ave.