Sundays in October are for noodle lovers! Chef Jimmy Alvarado is offering Noodle Night at Lambert’s Cove Inn, and you don’t want to miss out.
Martha’s Vineyard Dining Out: Noodle Night Features Chef Jimmy Alvarado
Jimmy has been hosting noodle nights over the past four years, but now in his kitchen at Woods, he is truly able to hone his craft and deliver an incredible noodle experience. Please note that Jimmy is not only a talented chef but a really nice, fun guy *note his ensemble for the first Noodle Night. There were pants that matched this!
Asian cuisine is an honest cuisine with a focus on ingredients and flavor. Since Jimmy’s trip to Southeast Asia which included stays in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, he’s been wanting to showcase all the culinary knowledge he has gathered. Also, he wanted to do something different and showcase his talent and keep it affordable!
So, I am not sure if you have been to Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn since it opened. I can tell you that the dining room and bar (yes bar) looks a lot different than in past years.
From the furniture to the artwork to the color of the walls (loving the navy) and added plants, it is quite the different space. It’s really got a cool vibe going now.
The dining room in Woods is chic, and makes for a relaxing atmosphere. The staff is very friendly. The beverage menu is carefully curated and has a nice price point, with most wines at $10.
Clearly Jimmy’s idea of Noodle Night was a popular one. When we arrived around 7:00 p.m., the dining room was pretty packed. I was guessing it would be quiet, since it was the first one, and it gets dark now so early. However, I was wrong.
It was great to see so many people there and hear them raving about their dishes on the way to our seat which took a while for us because we were checking out all the new interior changes. Can you say #fireplaceenvy?
The menu for Noodle Night has lots of options and it’s not just Pho or Ramen. Jimmy calls it a night of “Unconventional Asian Fusion”. For appetizers, there were options like The Good Farm Kare Pan – Japanese Curry Buns (crispy curry stuffed bread) $12.00, Chicken + Shrimp Potstickers with Yuzu and Tamari dipping sauce $12.00, Blistered Shishitos $10.00 and more.
Skipping apps, which I regret now, we went right for noodles! I opted for the Crab + Shrimp Curry with Vermicelli Noodles for $26. Loaded with big curry flavor and lots of crab and delicious broth, this was so delicious. The flavor combos were just so good. I am a sucker for an authentic style curry. Really wish I had gotten the Japanese Curry Buns though too – next time!
My friend Cameron got the Ramen $28. The Ramen had Chashu (braised pork belly), soft boiled egg, radishes, chef’s veggies, and a side of veggies to add a custom finish to your dish (including jalapeños).
This Ramen dish was out of this world. Luckily, my friend is a good sharer. She is a bit more of a Ramen pro than me and she was really impressed. It reminded her of dishes from the city. The flavors were big and fresh and all around just delicious.
Martha’s Vineyard Dining Out: Noodle Night With Ramen, Pho, Sake
There are vegetarian options, gluten free options and every thing sounds amazing. There is even Pho on the menu! Pho Ga, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup with chicken dumplings and chicken farce. I didn’t know what a farce was either so, I did a little research. Apparently, it is a stuffing made of meat pureed with egg, bread, cream, or possibly all three.
In addition to this special menu, there is a specialty Sake cocktail list $12 (note Woods is beer + wine only currently). If you like Sake, perhaps Rubies and Diamonds would be for you. It’s Mono Kawa Sake and Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice with a salted rim or maybe the Up-Island Tonic might be better suited. It has Junmai Sake, La Quintinye Royal, Blackberries, cucumber and tonic.
Yet again, I made the wrong choice. We were in the mood for wine, having talked about before arriving. So, we ordered Sancerre (wine by the glass is $10). The wine was delicious but as I write this, I am thinking the Up-Island Tonic would have been the more fun option.
Luckily, there are a couple more Sundays left in October for me to try all the things that my heart desires! Definitely try to make reservations for Noodle Night at Woods. The food is worth the West Tisbury adventure! Thanks Jimmy for some seriously good noodles (and more)!
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