I’ve been to quite a few joints that were cash only. It was only Long’s Noodle House that the staff actually alerts the customers of the fact by shouting “Cash only” the moment you walk in through the door. I guess it might be because they had people in the past that didn’t know and didn’t have cash on hand. The shop itself is quite small and minimal, with maybe half a dozen table, about half of them large group tables. The menu is quite large, consisting of appetizers, dim sum, noodles and various meat and vegetable dishes. Glancing at the tables around me, I saw that everyone appears to be ordering Tan Tan noodles, Wine Chicken, Beef Rolls, and Xiao Long Bao. Now I’m not a fan of wine chicken (my mom makes it at home all the time anyways) and the staff appear to be mostly Cantonese who know jack squat about Shanghainese dumplings (just kidding by the way), I decided to get their Tan Tan with Meat Sauces Noodles and Beef Rolls.
Tan Tan with Meat Sauces Noodles ($9.50):
The noodles had a nice bouncy texture. The sauce was flavorful, being mildly spicey and having a slight peanut fragrance. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t much ground meat present however.
Beef Rolls ($7.95):
The wrapping outside looked a bit anemic, and was a tad too tough and chewy, although still tasty. The filling itself was actually quite a bit like peking duck, except with beef: there was a sweet flavour of hoisin sauce and cilantro/scallions. I could have done with a little more beef, however.
I enjoyed my visit to Long’s Noodle House. The food wasn’t exception, though still fairly good, and the prices were reasonable. The service was pretty minimal, although the food arrives very fast and the staff were fairly friendly. This is a fairly solid Chinese restaurant; just be sure to have cash on hand.