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Noodle Theory -- Oakland

Noodle Theory, which just opened a few days ago, just provided us with one of the most frustrating and disappointing evenings in a long time. We waited 45 minutes for any food at all to arrive at our table, while people came and went and opened and closed the door right next to us, freezing us out. And when the food finally came, hor d'oeuvres and main courses arrived at the same time. Mostly they were a let-down (pork dumplings were dull, the grilled chicken with ginger noodles was cold, and the dry-fried green beans were overcooked, though nicely flavored). People getting take-out milled about in the tiny space, seeming to get much better service than those of us at tables. Maybe they will figure it out with experience, but it will be a long time before I go back.