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“Would like to have it in our town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Big Bowl

Big Bowl
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Ranked #9 of 89 Restaurants in Minnetonka
Price range: $21 - $30
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ridgedale Dr
Description: There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai–and that’s Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces. Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies. Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.
tabibit
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Would like to have it in our town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

8 of us had dinner there when visiting our cousins. There is something for everybody - all age groups and people with dietary restrictions. Great philosophy of using locally grown ingredients. Good portion and great cocktail selection. We wonder whether Big Bowl will hit East Coast in the near future.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fun get-together with friends”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

A pretty nice atmoshere and fun menu for dining with friends...sitting and chatting for a long time! I recommend the Vietnamese soup, which is kind of a turkey pho. Many of my girlfiends have gotten the stir fry where you choose your own ingredients, and that looks good. Quanties generally are not high enough to take a portion home for a second meal. Their teas are really good and a good value because you get the hot water in a pot.

  • Visited November 2011
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Winnipeg
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Top Notch Casual Dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Big Bowl in Minnetonka was recommended to us by the staff at the check in desk at our hotel, and we were not disappointed.
The restaurant is located at the back of the Ridgedale Shopping Centre.. not the most scenic location, but unless you choose to take a seat on the patio, not a huge factor in your enjoyment of the restaurant.
We visited on a Saturday night, and faced a waiting time of around 20 minutes unless you were prepared to sit on the high stools by the door, which we were. Ultimately we were happy to have done so as the place was bursting at the seams, and quite noisy toward the middle of the room.
The server brought us a drink immediately, and took our food orders shortly thereafter. Unfortunately he forgot to mention that we had to choose the ingredients for our stir fry. However, once that was sorted out, our order came within 5 or 10 minutes, which was astonishing given the number of patrons.
And what excellent food it was, with just the right amount of spice, fresh ingredients, perfectly stir fried, and relatively inexpensive.
This is not fine dining, but just the place you want to know about if you've spent a long day shopping, or hanging out at the Schwann Soccer Tournament.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Linda L
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Long Lake, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“So busy they lost touch with quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

Had to send back my potstickers that were cold and then my bowl came which was literally swimming in sauce!I will stick with Origami.

Visited October 2011
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Thank Rosie1964
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“PANANG CURRY CHICKEN - a taste of heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Recently I had "PANANG CURRY CHICKEN" - In one word about the dish "Excellent"; The chemistry of "peanut-coconut curry sauce" with other ingredients created a unique plate; On the atmosphere and environment it makes you at home;

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Nandan D
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