Sheree Sarabhaya opened Noodle Cafe last week, just up the road from her other Montclair eatery, Spice II.
The casual restaurant offers quick and light meals which Sarabhaya hopes will appeal to those looking for a quick bite before or after shows at the Wellmont. (She said they will stay open late on event nights.)
While Spice II has been offering authentic Thai in town for four years, the Noodle Cafe menu is more eclectic, she said.
There are more than a dozen appetizers to choose from and share, and all are "homemade."
Pick from taro rolls and chicken puffs served with plum sauce or shrimp rolls and corn fritters accompanied by a sweet chili sauce. Shrimp satay and chicken satay, chicken wings and tofu with spicy chili and peanuts are other starters.
There are also soups, salads and, of course, plenty of noodle options as well as stir-fry.
Noodle soups include a wonton and roast pork with egg noodles, bok choy, bean sprouts and scallions, an udon with crispy chicken and bean sprouts, and a gluten-free veggie gyoza with emerald noodles.
Prices range from $4 for the mini vegetable roll appetizer to $14 for the pineapple fried rice with crispy talapia.
Noodle Cafe is located at 401 Bloomfield Ave., in Montclair, directly across from Seymour Street. It is a BYOB.