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“Good place for lunch”

Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar
Ranked #2 of 88 Restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Korean
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israel
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good place for lunch”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We ate here very nice lunch. The service is good. The food was tasty and we will commend on this place to our friends. We were not familiar with Korean food and it was nice to discover it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Berkeley, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very good Korean food for an American audience.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

The food at Bowl'd is delicious and interesting. The customers are mostly white, and Asian-Americans from various cultural backgrounds. We go here frequently because the food is both tasty and accessible. It is also a comfortable place to hang out with friends and out-of-town guests. The best dish is the stone rice-bowl where the rice gets crispy by continuing to heat against the side of the bowl. The mixed-grain rice is delicious. We've had the mung-bean pancake, the beef, and the chicken on top. The little dishes are fresh, and tasty, though you usually have to ask for the more adventurous ones. The spicy tofu soup and grilled meats are also good, but the rice bowls are their specialty. This is an accessible introduction to Korean food. For a more "ethnic" experience try one of the Korean places on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

  • Visited March 2013
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Berkeley, California
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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“We were bowled over by Bowl'd!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Not being familiar with traditional Korean food, we didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, the owner and servers took time to explain the various offerings on the menu - and then how to eat them when our dishes arrived. Attentive, pleasant service. This is now one of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests.

Visited January 2013
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Oakland, California
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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“Korean food 101--and you'll be back for more”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

My earlier experiences with Korean restaurants were of food so overloaded with garlic and chilis so that there was no distinction between dishes. Obviously I made a wrong start. This is a great place for gringos to take some steps to learn about Korean food. The very efficient and friendly staff will offer to explain all the ingredients and steps without asking. You'll get to sample some interesting nibbles--seaweed with a sweet dusting as a small appetizer, followed by little dishes of things like kimchi, fish cake, tofu with chili, and even a version of potato salad. Then the rice bowls--the menu helps you design your combos--dark or white rice sizzles at the bottom, a combo of greens and veggies goes atop, followed by your choice of meat. I usually go for the beef, but the spicy pork sounds like the next version to try. Then what looks like a ketchup bottle is actually chili sauce, but not crazily hot, so you can build up your spicy quotient as you go. Soon you will be craving it hot! All in one, it's a big meal, filling and healthy combinations. It's worth a stop when in the Solano corridor.

  • Visited January 2013
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San Francisco
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79 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Tasty introduction to Korean cooking”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Why we waited so long to stop in here for lunch is a mystery. The food was marvelous. We weren't sure what to try, and asked our waiter for recommendations. He was very friendly and willing to spend some time explaining the full menu, what some of the words meant, etc. We decided on the Bibimbap, a huge bowl of rice and veggies (and meat if you want it; I got chicken), that is probably their best and most popular entree. Cooking Bibimbap at home is pretty time consuming, with lots of ingredient. Having it for lunch in a restaurant is a fine alternative.

I imagine the ingredients are cooked and ready in the kitchen, and only need assembling, since it did not take as long to get our food as we expected, even with the cooking of the rice in the bowl. It comes to your table very hot, so don't touch that bowl! With the rice bowl comes half a dozen small accompaniments with which to spice up the already tasty bowl of goodies. You also are given a selection of several different hot sauces, from mild/spicy to incandescent.

The portions of the rice bowls are far beyond what we could finish. I suspect most people can't eat it all? No problem! They have a system for wrapping leftovers that allows you to put them straight into the microwave later at home.

The place was very clean, quiet, and well-visited. Prices were very reasonable. It isn't "gourmet" Korean, just good honest food for people on the go. We sure plan to go back.

  • Visited November 2012
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