Vientiane: The Bowl

The Bowl combines two things I love - Japanese food and simplicity. 

It only opened in late 2016 but the Bowl has already made a name for itself for quick, tasty, Japanese homemade-style food. In a bowl. 

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The menu is short and to the point - a rarity in Vientiane where most menus stretch on for pages. At The Bowl you can read it all on a blackboard. There's rice-based dishes and udon noodle (soup) dishes, and a few added extras, like tempura and teriyaki appetizers, deep fried chicken, and seaweed salad. Plus beer and sake if you're feeling uninhibited. 

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There's also side dishes like the popular Japanese streetfood (and my favourite), takoyaki (octopus). 

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"Upsize" to a combo meal (45,000) and get a side salad, and free miso or drink. It's great lunch value. 

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An added bonus is that there's off-street parking. However, customers will soon have to share their parking perks with the Korean steakhouse next door.  

The Bowl is a particular favourite with falang office workers and the weekend lunch crowd so go early - the handful of tables can fill up fast. 

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Food this good waits for no one! 

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The Bowl is on 103 (Rue Lao-Thai) around the corner from Kettisack school and almost opposite Phonesili minimart. It's open daily from 11am-9pm, and does take away too.