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Big Bowl Chinese and Thai
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Ranked #11 of 164 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Thai
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: The Reston Town Center.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love the pad thai and many of the other dishes. We go quite a lot for lunch. The restaurant is very appealing and service is excellent. It can be a bit noisy due to the hard surfaces, but the excellence of the food far outweighs the noise!!! :)

Thank delilah62
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Unfortunately, both times dining at Big Bowl was a big bust. First, I don't understand why they can't serve an individual portion of hot and sour soup. The food we did get wasn't good. The orange chicken should be called "crumbled chicken" as it was just the smallest bits. The beef we tried (mongolian?) was ok, but there were way too many greens, many of which were too tough to eat (you could chew them, but they didn't break down). And the other soup we tried was so awful - the only flavor it had was cilantro. I have to think these were 2 flukes for them to stay in bsuiness but after having it happen twice, I have to wonder...

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Thank t8temd
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We went there on Valentine's day and had a great time. Food was great and ambience was nice too. It's in the Reston Town Center, so lots of shopping and fun options after lunch/dinner.

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Thank Vikas G
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We ordered pot stickers to start. They were so incredibly greasy it almost made me want to vomit. For entrees, we had sesame chicken and pad thai. The sesame chicken was very bland and forgettable. The pad thai was the same.

The food would be acceptable if this was a $4.99 lunch and go type of place, but it's not. We won't be coming back here any time soon.

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Thank grimreepr
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We discovered this place years ago at another location. The Reston location is a little bit of a trek for us, but whenever we're in that area we like to drop in.

One thing I notice about a lot of Chinese food is the lack of vegetables. I used to just get take out and then add some onions, green peppers and mushrooms. But at this place you get to decide the quantity and type of veggies you want in your meal. They have a vegetable bar, and they give you a big bowl (hence the name Big Bowl) where you fill up the bowl with what veggies you want, and then they cook it. You can specify whether you want it with rice or noodles of if you want chicken or beef or pork or salmon or tofu, and they have about ten different types of sauces to choose from. They have onions, a couple different types of mushrooms, carrots, green and red peppers, bamboo, water chestnuts, scallions, all types including some hot peppers and pineapple. Precious likes to put in a half dozen pieces of pineapple so every now and then you get a sweet surprise in a bite.

You can also order items right off the menu. In fact, most people seem to bypass the vegetable bar and order right off the menu. They have lunch specials, some Thai dishes and some Chinese dishes. The food is pretty good. I mean the food itself isn't worth shouting about. The sauces that we've tried are not super spectacular. What keeps us going to this place and what will keep us going back time and time again is the vegetable bar.

It's a nice sit-down restaurant. In warm weather they have outdoor seating. It's in a nice trendy area of Reston on a street packed with restaurants and shops. There is a parking garage half a block away.

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Thank ChubbyDave
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