Welcome to Tank Noodle Restaurant
Vietnamese, Chinese, Asian. Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat. Closed Wednesday.
Tank Noodle, which recently moved into a larger space around the corner from its old Argyle Street location, offers a long menu of low-priced Vietnamese treats and a few Chinese dishes.
You'd swear they've got a sushi chef trapped in the kitchen, though: dishes are presented with fussy attention to color and arrangement, and rarely do vegetables, meat, or noodles seem over- or undercooked.
For the price, the ingredients are luxurious -- at $6, the rice noodle soup with combination seafood (menu item 68) came with perfectly browned garlic and a nice mix of seafood, including real crab (a few leg pieces were still in the shell).
And although there isn't quite the assortment of hot sauces you think you'll want when you sit down, when your pungent dish arrives you realize there's no need to drown it in spice. My favorite so far is item 203, marinated squid stir-fried with assorted vegetables; the plump sea monsters are cooked to a silken texture in a light sauce and mixed prettily with multicolored bell peppers.