Store up enough glycogen to surpass marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie as a household name with today's Groupon to Bobo Noodle House. For $9, you get $20 worth of Southeast Asian cuisine from the 2009 A-List restaurant that St. Louis Magazine calls "a daily affirmation of carbohydrates." Recommended for endurance events lasting longer than 90 minutes, Bobo-loading can help you prepare for a marathon, gladiator match, or competitive Sunday grocery shopping. Your Groupon is good for dine-in or carry-out of the fresh and noodleful delights. Stop in for lunch Monday through Friday between 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m., or settle in for dinner anytime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The menu at Bobo Noodle House appropriately features noodles and noodle soups in ample winter-perfect portions. Warm up from chilly weather with one of Bobo's variations on pho (Vietnamese soup), such as the beef, butternut squash, and red curry with rice noodles and peanuts ($9) or the vegetable dumpling with shiitake mushrooms ($8). Share crispy spring rolls (pork or vegetable; $6) and seared salt shrimp with mango yogurt sauce ($7) with a friend as you wait for your noodles to arrive. Noodle dishes include options for vegetarians and all flavors of animal protein eaters, such as spicy salmon (with vermicelli noodles, herbs, and nori; $11), honey ginger duck (with soba noodles and spicy hoisin sauce; $12), vegetarian pad thai ($9), and lemongrass beef with spicy cucumbers and chilled sesame noodles ($9).
Bobo Noodle House's decor juxtaposes soothing and industrial shapes and textures to create an intimate dining experience that feels at once hip and traditional. Funky asymmetric chandeliers hang beneath exposed ductwork from the high, industrial ceiling, while the clean lines and handsome cherry wood below exude refined romance in low, flattering light. Bobo offers a full menu of beer, wine, and sake to set the mood for a romantic evening or a fun night out with friends before you're all dispatched to separate arctic submarines.
- “Yum Now” would be the perfect phrase to describe the vegetarian pad Thai, the base a bed of seared egg noodles that possessed a smokier flavor than normal, a lip-smackingly good chili peanut sauce, and a verdant bounty of red onions, green onions, red peppers, shredded lettuce, tofu, and—why not?—shredded mint leaves. Like pretty much everything I tried at Bobo, this dish’s spiciness was calibrated just right. – Rose Martelli, St. Louis Magazine
- Wok-seared seafood with crispy egg noodles and red curry ($12), for example, features clams and mussels on the shell, and scallops and shrimp set atop a bird's nest configuration of noodles atop a pool of red curry. Sliced red bell pepper adds a visual highlight. The noodles retained most of their crispness even as the sauce seeped into them, and digging down we kept finding additional shellfish hidden beneath the top layer....Asian barbecued spareribs ($8), four to an order, had a remarkable depth of flavor both in their meat and in an exotic mix of spices that caramelized on their surface. – Joe Bonwich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- An unusual and interesting spicy Asian cuisine provides terrific food with lots of flavor. Service is a bit different, with an order-and-pay counter as you enter, but food is delivered to your table. Waitstaff is highly attentive, very pleasant. – Dave, Google Maps