Restaurant Review: Bowl’d Korean Rice Bar

Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar is located at 1479 Solano Avenue in North Berkeley.

As of late, I've become a major fan of Korean cuisine. Having friends who have introduced me to Korean food has been one of my favorite parts of coming to Berkeley.

When I heard about Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar opening on Solano, I was excited by the idea that the Bowl'd owners were trying to make Korean food accessible to American foodies. It's obvious that this is their mission based on their decor: a modern facade and minimalist interior. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating (everything that I love about restaurant staff).

The oyster pancakes (center) surrounded by various banchan side dishes, such as kimchi and potato salad.

We started off by ordering the "oyster pancakes" which are served with a citrus soy sauce. This was a delicious appetizer that was the perfect balance of sweet and salty - a little pricey but if you're going with a few people, this would be the perfect appetizer to split between three or four people.

"The Works" bibimbap, which is a medley of vegetables, meat, rice, and an egg.

I ordered "The Works" Bibimbap, which was absolutely delicious. I put a lot of spicy sauce in it, but that's the way I like it. My friend ordered the kimchi stew which was absolutely amazing. It was a huge portion and was incredibly spicy - just the way it should be. When it came out, it was still boiling which was amazing to watch.

The kimchi stew, served boiling and spicy. All photography by the author.

Like any good Korean restaurant, our meals were served with banchan, which are the traditional side dishes that include three types of kimchi, potato salad, and others. By the end of the meal we were so content and so pleased with our food.

I will definitely be going back to Bowl'd. It's a great place to experiment with Korean cuisine away from the craziness of the campus area. It is a little bit pricier than the Korean restaurants in the Telegraph area but the staff at Bowl'd are infinitely nicer and the restaurant is much cleaner which is a huge plus. If you don't have a car, you can easily get to the Solano area by taking the AC Transit 18 bus north from Downtown Berkeley.

Jordan Silver
Public Relations Director

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