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Restaurant lunch highlights:

China Bowl

China Bowl

CB's large portions lack authenticity, flavor


By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

On a recent trip to the residence of the GLOB Content Editor, Lynn Dirk, to look at a roof leak, I met up with Mike the GLOB Master at GLOB Central Offices to go over the farm report.

As usual, the subject of food came up. Mike suggested we do a 'lunch out' at the Asian restaurant on Millhopper Rd. called China Bowl.

I call it new because it said GRAND OPENING on the menu. Upon entering the Bowl, I noticed how clean the place was.

We went to the counter to place our order, and what was nice was the kitchen was open to full view.

You could see the large woks and the 'Wok Master' working the lunchtime meal. Lunch was in progress in this Asian Food On the Run location.

CBdiningWe looked over the menu, which was real pretty. The lunch specials had pictures and was easy to order from.

So we ordered our lunch.

I ordered the Shrimp Lo Mein -- I really love good Lo Mein. Mike ordered the China Bowl Daily Special of Bourbon Chicken, photo at top of this feature story.

The Bourbon Chicken was a lot of slices of white chicken breast flavored with a New Orleans bourbon sauce with vegetables served over a fluffy bed of white rice

Now it was on to our lunch table. Which was also very clean.

My first thought about China Bowl was, this must be an important carryout, Food On The Run kinda restaurant. Why you might ask. In the time we were in the Bowl, the front door was getting a good work out with walk in customers and carry out orders.

For the dining in customer, there was a little tray of sauces in little packs on all the tables. This would mean my fingers are going to get a workout opening these plastic containers. Personally I prefer bottled soy sauce over the individual packets when it comes to soy.

On to the food.

When our lunch arrived, it was in aluminum containers, not bowls.

My thought was, A bowl is a bowl. And an aluminum tin is for cooking turkeys in the oven.

CBlowmeinMy lunch looked just like the picture of Lo Mein on the menu. The three shrimp that were on top of the Lo Mein noodles were heaped on top of the yellow rice and looked very tasty.

Yellow rice! To my surprise there was more rice than noodles in my Lo Mein noodle entree.

The meal was good, however a little bland for me, and certainly not the kind of Lo Mein I'm used to.

My experience says Lo Mein noodles should have oyster sauce and sesame oil along with a little ginger and some hidden seasonings. I didn't taste these ingredients in my lunch entree.

This made me think that if people tried authentic Asian food, they wouldn't like this lunch too much.

The lunch was good, and my fingers had a great workout opening those little packets of soy sauce. I don't usually use soy on my food, but I did at China Bowl trying to add in some additional flavor.

While we were eating our lunch, the place came alive with customers coming in for take out orders.

That tells me something about the China Bowl food. A lot of people like this place. If food is bad, people don't come back for a second and third time to order more disappointing food.

The Pluses and Minuses of China Bowl:

China Bowl + indicators: Perfect Food On The Run location, large portions.

China Bowl - indicators:  CB lacks authenticty, flavors could be enhnaced.

Editors Note: Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about China Bowl.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!


Last modified onSunday, 25 May 2014 11:07

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 352 380-0088
  • Address: 5200 NW 43 St, Suite 506, Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Millhopper Area
  • Latitude: 29.701978
  • Longitude: -82.390392

1 comment

  • KJ
    KJ Thursday, 05 April 2012 11:03 Comment Link

    + Plus: Shrimp with Lobster sauce has the largest jumbo/colossal shrimp ever seen in asian take out. A pint usually has at least 6 and the quart had 10 or more!

    - Minus: needs more spices!

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