Sydney, New South Wales

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From celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, Fat Noodle is a dynamic mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Malay dishes. Take a seat at the communal dining table and watch your noodles being tossed from the open kitchen. Nguyen’s signature dish, a 20-hour beef broth, with thinly sliced Angus sirloin and brisket, bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, fresh chilli and rice noodles is a must. Share some fusion small plates, fragrant noodle soups or wok masterpieces.
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80 Pyrmont Street,
Level 1, Casino, The Star
Pyrmont NSW 2009





Asian, Chinese, Vietnamese

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Although renowned for his Vietnamese heritage and cuisine, Nguyen also has a family history in China and has drawn inspiration from his upbringing. Of the Fat Noodle offering, he says; "With my close connection to the food and cultures of Vietnam and China, I have created a menu featuring exotic and traditional noodle dishes found throughout South East Asia". The Fat Noodle concept is dynamic, with an open kitchen that services 86 customers at communal and individual tables. Extended opening hours will appeal to gaming clients and those looking for a quick, quality meal outside the usual restaurant experience.

The Fat Noodle menu incorporates four distinct sections. The first - Small Plates, covers dishes such as prawn and pork paper rolls and salt and pepper silken tofu. The second part covers noodle soups such as Luke's two signature dishes, which have broths that are cooked for 20 hours. ‘Crossing the bridge noodles' features chicken, prawns and fish fillets in chicken broth whilst ‘fat pho noodles' is a beef broth composed of thinly sliced Angus Sirloin and aromatic spices. Woks include a mix of authentic dishes such as pad see ew, crispy skin chicken with egg noodles and the rice section covers dishes like turmeric chicken curry and char grilled pork cutlets with broken rice.


If you’re not hot on the foodie trail, you might be forgiven for thinking that Fat Noodle inside The Star is another stock standard Asian eatery. It is in fact the brainchild of Luke Nguyen, Red Lantern’s celebrity chef and television star.

Drawing inspiration from his travels around Asia, Luke has created a hawker style menu with some of his favourite dishes. Unlike Red Lantern, Fat Noodle isn’t a straight-up Vietnamese restaurant. Rather, there’s a medley of South East Asian cuisines on offer, with a dynamic mix of Chinese, Malaysian and Thai dishes to choose from.

We opt for one of the new menu items to start, the Lijiang chicken topped with shallots and doused in vinegar dressing. The chicken is soft on the inside with a satisfyingly crispy skin. Tempered with the acidity of the vinegar dressing and pickled radish, each mouthful of the chicken boasts a melange of flavours, which is quickly devoured with the accompanying jasmine rice and chilli sauce. Leaving without trying the famed Fat Noodle Pho would almost border on sacrilege. The trademark pho dish is cooked in Luke Nguyen’s signature 20-hour beef broth, in 400 litre kettles with oxtail and wagyu. As with any bona fide pho, there’s a side of hoisin sauce as well as fresh basil, bean sprouts, chilli and mint, meaning you’re able to tailor the flavour to your liking. The broth is fragrant and rich, highlighting the flavour of the thin slices of Angus sirloin that sit atop the silky rice noodles.

Situated on the main gaming floor at The Star and open til late, Fat Noodle hits the spot whether you’re after a post-show meal, or simply craving food of the Asian persuasion. Gambling is always a risky business, but the pho is unlikely to disappoint.
Jenny Wang

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