I have a nipponophile in my house. I had no idea that I had one until I did a quick google search for “someone who likes Japan and Japanese Culture” and up popped this new word. It started innocently enough with an interest in Japanese anime and then it expanded into a love of all things Japanese. One of her key areas of passion is Japanese food and especially noodles such as udon noodles.
Thinking I’d earn Mom points for taking her to a noodle house, we headed into Portland one recent Friday night to try Mi Sen Noodle Bar. It is a cute place, with nice decor and a serene atmosphere. But, one thing it is not, is a Japanese noodle house. My husband said I should have known by the name, and he is probably right, but I was focused only on the “noodle bar” part. While it does serve udon noodles, it is Thai based which gives their dishes a different flavor.
Clearly, instead of googling nipponophile, I should have spent more time looking up “Japanese” noodle houses in Portland, Maine. But, still she was going to get udon noodles so all was not lost. I probably should clarify that while she loves Japanese noodle soup, she really orders chicken noodle soup with udon noodles. As soon as you start adding too much to the bowl, it becomes an issue for her.
We started the meal with the steamed dumpling appetizer which were a big hit with everyone at the table. They were nice, light and flavorful. We also ordered the crab rangoon. They forgot to bring them before our meal, but after a quick check, they brought them out with our soups which was fine. They were fantastic. Crab rangoon is one of my favorites so I’m a bit biased, but they were wonderful and you could really taste the crab.
We each ordered a noodle dish. My husband and our udon noodle girl got the num daeng while our other daughter ordered the dry noodles. I went for something with a little kick and chose the tom yum num sai. We hit about fifty percent on liking our meals but I really don’t think that was because of the restaurant. It was the fact that expectations were not set properly. I blame google.
But, even if the meal was not perfect, it was a fun family dinner outing and I would recommend the restaurant. Just remember it’s a Thai Noodle Bar!
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|Mi Sen Noodle Bar||630 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101|
|Favorite ♥||Crag Rangoon|
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