Noodle Station owner, Walter Harris, has long had a fascination with all things Japanese… the anime, the culture and most of all…the food! After a twelve-year stint working at restaurant Dada in Delray Beach, Walter took a 19 day trip to Japan that changed his direction in life. He immediately knew his Asian obsession would manifest into what is now Noodle Station. The restaurant opened in February of 2020, just before the pandemic hit with full force, but was never shuttered during the lockdown because so much of their business is takeaway.
While Noodle Station is not a full-service restaurant, the love poured into the food would make you think this was a three star Michelin-rated establishment, complete with crisp, white tablecloths. Walter is very hands-on in the selection and preparation of the ingredients in each of these slightly Americanized, tasty creations. All sauces and components of signature dishes are made in-house, with the exception of the delicious noodles, which he outsources to a local company.
Noodle Station occupies the space of the former Hot and Soul in a strip mall near the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway. The restaurant is one large room with a semi open kitchen tucked into one corner. One expansive wall is adorned with the logo in Japanese-style graffiti.
Belly up to the counter and select your favorite Bao, salad, stir fry, noodle bowl or create your own noodle concoction!
For a tasty snack, try a couple of Bao (2 for $7)…Sticky buns stuffed with a choice of braised pulled pork, Hoisin glazed beef brisket, 5 spice chicken, soy marinated mushrooms, Asian BBQ tofu and pineapple or green apple Kimchi. Add one to your favorite bowl for only $3. The Udon noodle salad ($11) or the mixed greens and noodle salad ($11) make a delicious, light lunch on the go.
The stars at Noodle Station are definitely the fabulous four Signature Noodle Bowls. Select your favorite or channel your inner Morimoto to create your own spectacular work of culinary art. Keep your New Year’s resolution with the low carb Keto Bowl ($13.50) featuring hearts of palm, veggie noodles, cabbage, bok choy, sautéed red onion, pulled pork, pickled daikon, pickled egg and roasted beets in a sweet potato and green pepper veggie broth.
It was a tough decision but I believe my favorite is the Three Little Pigs ($15.50). Udon noodles, bok choy, corn, cabbage, pickle daikon, pulled pork shoulder, candied hijiki bacon, mushrooms, pickled egg and scallions take a swim in a decedent Piggy Sauce.
Get your protein fix with the American Samurai ($16) featuring a combination of Ramen and rice noodles, 13-hour braised and pulled pork shoulder, hoisin apple cider glazed beef brisket, five spice chicken, corn, bok choy, cabbage, roasted sweet potatoes, daikon radish, candied hijiki bacon, mushrooms and homemade picked egg in a chicken, oyster and ginger broth.
For you traditionalist out there, may I suggest to you The O.G. ($12)? A delicious and aromatic combination of ramen, grilled bok choy, corn, Chinese cabbage, daikon, pulled pork and chopped scallions with that scrumptious chicken, oyster and ginger sauce will surely hit the spot.
Also featured is the house Stir Fry ($12.50) with buckwheat Soba noodles, bok choy, roasted mushrooms, julienned carrots, scallions and five spiced chicken. All bowls may be transformed into a stir fry by adding one of two homemade Asian BBQ sauces at no additional charge.
A selection of local craft beer from all over Florida as well as Japanese bottled drinks are waiting to wash it all down.
Noodle Station is located at 3045 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale and is open daily Tuesday through Sunday noon to 9:30pm (Saturday until 10pm). Catch the Tonkotsu ramen popup every Monday from 2:30pm until they sell out for a more authentic Japanese experience. Reservations are not accepted. Takeout orders are available at eatnoodlestation.com.