A friend recently told us of a noodle restaurant they tried on 41st Avenue that sold decent home made fresh flat noodles with lamb and other items and it sounded like Polecat’s fresh hand pulled Flat Noodle Lamb Soup restaurant.
We were in Flushing Chinatown last night on Monday, and checked out the restaurant at 136-31 41st Avenue late in the evening. The restaurant is on 41st Avenue, which is the street that runs East-West just south of the LIRR tracks near the triangle junction of Kissena Blvd and Main Street where the Flushing library is located. The restaurant is in the lower basement level (must go down a flight of outside stairs in front of the building) of a newer looking building and is the middle storefront. There is no English signage on the storefront, but only several large red Chinese characters and the restaurant is quite non-descript looking. If we were not able to see through the windows and see restaurant tables and customers eating there, we would not have known that this was a restaurant at all.
At the earlier “Chef’s Hat” restaurant, we remembered that it was a man who made the fresh hand pulled flat noodle, and at the restaurant last night, there were two women and a man behind the counter, but the man did not appear to be the person who made the flat noodles the last time we went to the “Chef’s Hat” restaurant. Instead it appeared that one of the woman began to make the fresh hand pulled flat noodles from a rectangular strip of dough, which is similar to the hand made noodles made at the old “Chef’s Hat” restaurant.
It has been quite a long time since we last ate at the old “Chef’s Hat” restaurant, hence we did not remember too many details of the earlier restaurant. And it did not help matters that we were unable to communicate with the owner/workers, but we spoke with a customer who understood some English, and we asked the customer if this store was previously in the Golden Mall on the upper level across from a hair salon, and the customer indicated yes, but we are not sure if the customer really understood our questions, hence Polecat and other interested diners will have to check out the restaurant themselves to confirm whether this is indeed the restaurant with the “Chef’s Hat” sign previously at the Golden Mall at 41-28 Main Street.
This restaurant may or may not be the old “Chef’s Hat” restaurant that was previously in the Golden Mall, but there is a fair chance that it may be the old “Chef’s Hat” restaurant.
Unfortunately, we had dinner already, and we were not able to partake of any of the restaurant’s dishes.