I'm pretty loyal when it comes to food - if I find an eatery that hits all the right spots for me, that's a lifelong bond right there. Of all the cheap-and-cheerful Asian places in Wellington, The Oaks Satay Noodle House is right up there and I will happily get my noodle fix there any day of the week.
However, @titty.eats recently told me that he highly rates R&S Satay Noodle House just up the road and son, when that man talks food then you sit down and listen good.
Of course I had to give them a visit and I opted to go safe and get a chicken laksa, because you rarely go wrong with a laksa. R&S's rendition of the dish certainly made an instant impact - the colours and flavours are bold and the perfect antidote to a cold Wellington evening. The noodles are delightfully chewy and the garnishings work together really well. The standout feature of the dish is the broth though - perfect amount of spice, distinct coconut milk notes, and a superb gravy-like texture to it all.
Alas, ironically, the centrepiece of the dish - the chicken - was a bit weak for me. It looked several days old, doesn't hold itself together very well, and the portion is incredibly stingy.
Verdict: A decent noodle place that holds its own reasonably well in that competitive strip of Cuba Street, but yeah nah, The Oaks is the only Satay Noodle House for me. 7.8/10.
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