On Wednesday night, CLEguy and I got to catch the opening night of Cirque du Soleil Dralion. But before we hit the show, we grabbed a delicious dinner at Noodlecat.
Noodlecat offers a fantastic happy hour from 3-7pm every weekday. For less than $25 for the two of us, we each had a half-order of ramen, a steam bun, and 2 beers. Seriously!
I had the BBQ Ohio Pork steam bun and the Takahachi ramen. I loved the BBQ sauce on the pork, tangy and just a bit spicy. The ramen was great as well, packed with pulled pork, garlic broth, scallions, and more.
CLEguy had the Tonkatsu steam bun (fried pork) and the spicy octopus stir fry udon. The udon had a nice heat from the sesame chili paste and lots of tender octopus throughout.
You can’t beat Noodlecat’s happy hour: delicious food, great prices, and friendly service! It’s slurpalicious!
Noodlecat will be opening a second location sometime this month at the West Side Market. Click here for more details.
From there, we headed to the Wolstein Center for Cirque du Soleil Dralion.
Dralion combines Eastern and Western cultures – represented by the dragon and the lion – into a modern circus that draws you in from the first act. Actually, before the first act even starts, you’re drawn in by three lovable French “clowns” who provide moments of light and heart throughout the show.
The four main characters in the show represent Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The show itself features incredible acrobatic, tumbling, and juggling acts. Rather than being set against cheesy, traditional circus music, the soundtrack for the evening is at times exciting, at times haunting, and at times tender. CLEguy and I were both surprised to see a live band beneath the stage. We didn’t realize Cirque du Soleil traveled with their own musicians.
Two of my favorite acts were the trampolines and the aerial pas de deux.
The trampoline act was full of high-energy acrobatics, as the artists tumbled on and off a huge wall. The aerial pas de deux was a love story told with amazing grace and strength while swinging above the stage.
This was my second Cirque du Soleil show. I saw O in Vegas and I have to say that I enjoyed Dralion much more. The setting at the Wolstein Center was more intimate. Also, while there is some story-line to Dralion, as there is with O, I didn’t struggle to find or follow it. I simply enjoyed each act for what it was and came away having a fun experience with it.
If you’re looking for a good date night or a something to do with the family this holiday weekend, check out Cirque du Soleil Dralion. The show runs through Sunday, April 8 and there are two shows per day on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Wolstein Center to help promote Cirque du Soleil Dralion. In exchange, I received 2 tickets to see the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***