After reading Jim Ts post in the Chinese Banquet thread (link below), Jason and I were inspired to try Noodle Chu for dim sum this past Saturday. As I have the take out menu in front of me, heres the details:
Noodle Chu, Dim Sum Seafood House
770 Rt. 46 West
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Directions: Its in the Shop Rite plaza on 46W, across from the Howard Johnsons with the Harolds deli in front. If you pass Maxims Asian Market, youve gone too far.
First off, the decor was quite simple, but lovely. There are very nice red-toned wood tables and chairs, which were not covered by the ubiquitous white tablecloth. Also, as Jim T mentioned, there is a show kitchen towards the back with hanging ducks and chefs preparing noodle dishes. This is not the entire kitchen, as the dim sum carts came out of a door between the open kitchen and the fish tanks. Also, the (single-occupancy) bathrooms were clean and handicapped accessible (although the wall of the hallway leading to the bathrooms is being used for storage, of course).
As for the food, we took dishes we are very familiar with to compare to other restaurants. We had some shumai, hargow, sticky fried rice, spring rolls, gailon with oyster sauce, meat balls wrapped with bean curd skin, and baked roast pork buns. (I think thats everything!) All was at or above par, especially the roast pork buns, which was probably the best version Ive ever had. The meat was plentiful, very flavorful and moist, and the bun was not too big, as is usually the case. The meal came to $28 with tax & tip.
We made sure to leave a nice tip and make friends with the boss, as Im sure well be going back. My only regret is not having more people with me, cause then we could share more dishes! Also, I would definitely like to try Noodle Chu for dinner some time, they have lots of yummy and authentic sounding things on their menu. They also specialize in a variety of roast meats.
PS for the woman looking for a place for a Sweet 16, highly recommended (the larger tables seat about 10 people).