Cuisine: Chinese and Thai
Restaurant Features: Bar
Locations: Roseville (site of this review), Edina, Wayzata
Roseville (Rosedale Center) 1705 Highway 36 West Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 636-7173
Edina 3669 Galleria Edina, MN 55435 (952) 928-7888
Minnetonka (Ridgedale Center) 12649 Wayzata Blvd Minnetonka, MN 55305 (952) 797-9888
Atmosphere: Located inside Rosedale Mall, Big Bowl is a large restaurant with a trendy Asian flair. There are several booths around the edges of the dining area and in the bar area, with many smaller tables within the middle. At the back of the restaurant near the kitchen is an area for make-your-own stir-fry.
Menu: Appetizers include steamed Chinese dumplings, veggie or chicken pot stickers, hot buns filled with pork, chicken satay, egg rolls, Thai-beef lettuce wraps, shrimp summer roll, teriyaki spare ribs, calamari, and a few soups and salads. Thai curry dishes include yellow curry with chicken or veggies, panang curry chicken, scallop and shrimp citrus curry, thai green vegetable curry. Chicken dishes include kung pao, orange peel, lemon chicken, chicken with vegetables, and Thai hot pepper chicken. Beef dishes include Mongolian, Kung pao, and beef with broccoli. Seafood dishes include crunchy sichuan cashew shrimp, Thai hot pepper shrimp with basil and peanuts, crunchy sichuan scallops, sweet ginger sea scallops and shrimp, and teriyaki glazed fresh salmon. Pad Thai is Big Bowl’s signature dish, try it with vegetables/tofu, chicken, shrimp or salmon. Big Bowl also has a make-it-yourself stirfry bar option. You choose your vegetables, meat, sauce, and noodles and they will cook it for you.
Price guide: Appetizers $6-9 Entrees $8-15
What I ordered: My companion and I started with an order of the veggie pot stickers (Classic pan fried northern Chinese dumplings stuffed with cilantro, green onions, crushed peanuts) It was also served with three dipping sauces, sweet and sour, plum and sesame mustard. Excellent choice! These pot stickers had a ton of flavor and excellent texture.
I wanted to try a curry dish and decided to go with the Panang Curry Chicken
(chicken, light peanut-coconut curry, peas, snow peas served over jasmine rice). This dish was packed with flavor! The sauce was indeed “light” if they mean “thin”. It was delicious, but I think would prefer it with a little more peanut flavor and if it were a tad bit thicker. The vegetables were very good, but the texture of the chicken was kind of slimy. I enjoyed the first ten bites or so and then got kind of bored with it.
My companion ordered pad Thai with vegetables. This seemed to be a hit! I tried a little bit of it and thought the noodles had good flavor. As you can see, there were a lot of veggies in the dish.
Service: The host staff was very friendly, as was our server. I think the server may have been new though, as he was not as knowledgeable about the menu as he could’ve been.
Overall Impression: Great ambiance and decent food.