Its not easy to cover this much culinary ground with just one tiny kitchen, but Lincoln Park's Noodle House pulls it off, presenting a seven-page menu of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food. There are more than three dozen appetizers, from Thai satay and fish cakes to fluffy steamed Chinese chive dumplings and panfried Japanese gyozo. There are also endless noodle, soup, and curry dishes, including lard nar, tom yum koong soup redolent of Kaffir lime leaves, and a full-flavored rendition of Thai red curry with coconut milk and basil leaves. All the entrees are under $8, but the room is more stylish than the average neighborhood Asian joint, with exposed wood beams in the lofted ceiling, a glass-block sushi bar, and bright yellow and chartreuse walls. A raised area at the back doubles the seating capacity, making the space significantly larger than the slender storefront would suggest, which might be necessary for a value-oriented place like this. Carryout and delivery are popular.
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