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“Does What it Says on the Box”

Civic Asian Noodle House
Ranked #225 of 1,376 Restaurants in Canberra
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Canberra
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Does What it Says on the Box”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

It’s the place to go if you’re in the mood for noodles. A good variety of authentic Asian noodle dishes, as well as a decent spread of non-noodle offerings. You can’t argue with the price, and if you’re out of reach of the city, they’re also in Dickson, Woden and Tuggeranong.

The food’s always good, rarely disappointing a hankering. Everyone bangs on about the laksas, with good reason, and the $14.50 lunch special with two spring rolls and a soft drink is fantastic value. Just don’t wear a white shirt like I always seem to do. The Singapore noodles are also a regular for me, going down a treat. And the Mussaman curry, while a bit runny, was a delight.

The only mediocre dish I’ve had there was a few years ago when I tried a crispy noodle thing with a heavy, dark sauce and I think beef. Far from inedible, but I do keep a wide berth of the crispy noodles.

As I said, it’s great value, falling squarely in the cheap and cheerful category. Although it kind of needs to, as the atmosphere is nothing special. They pack you in pretty tight, and as it’s nearly always crowded, it makes for a very noisy meal.

The service is fine, without being particularly remarkable. Even on busy nights, I’ve never had any concern about how long it takes.

All in all, the place to go for noodles.

  • Visited May 2012
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Canberra
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fast, Cheap and Delicious Laksa”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Four colleagues and I dined at the Civic Asian Noodle House for lunch and we were all impressed with the speedy service. Within a few minutes, our order was taken and we all went for the laksas. Entrees (mini sping rolls) arrived with a couple of minutes and they were closely followed by the star of the meal, the laksas. If you are looking for cheap, fast, delicious laksas and noodles in the city, then this the place to go to. There are no frills and the setting is basic cafeteria style. We had no problem hearing one another although they were nearly full. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2012
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Vientiane, Laos
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best laksa I've eaten”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

I love the laksa at Asian noodle house, it has been consistently great for years. Perfect for those cold Canberra days (and nights). It is by far the best dish there, available in full or half portions. Served with chicken, prawns, beef or vegetarian. I always ask for extra tofu.

It's a big menu and they have lots of standard Asian favourites - noodles, stir fries etc. Food service is prompt though there never seem to be enough staff. It's great for order from the office (on the way home) and pull up outside (parking illegally) and run inside for your take away.

Best to book for a big group or for a weekend dinner, otherwise you can usually get a table. You go for the food, not the atmosphere, it's a large room with lots of long table-clothed tables. Very popular with students.

A Canberra institution and reasonably priced too. The laksa is not to be missed!

  • Visited February 2012
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Canberra, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great laksa”
Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

This place is - at least locally - renowned for its laksa. I've eaten here on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed by the food or value for money. The service can be a bit iffy, but that's about my only complaint.
Highly recommended for an inexpensive but good quality meal!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Better food than service”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Four of us went for dinner on a week night. The food was tasty. I enjoyed the lemon grass and chilli with prawns. The house wine was inexpensive and deservedly so. But the service was very slow. There were two wait staff for the entire restaurant, and their duties included cleaning and setting tables. Took a while to get the check.

  • Visited May 2012
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