I had a craving for South East Asian food, as I often do after living there for 2 years when I was younger. We were driving along Pacific Boulevard, heading to the downtown Costco and I noticed “Fresh Bowl – South East Asian”. Perfect, I thought, we can try it for lunch after stocking up on the essentials at Costco.
The decor is bright and colorful with orange, white, and green enhancing the freshness atmosphere. You place your order at the counter for take-out or you can sit-in at couple tables inside. Something I really liked is that they have self-server cucumber water. It was amazingly refreshing!
My husband ordered the Beef Rendang ($12), which was very tender and nicely flavored – but could have been a bit more saucier. Also, it wasn’t very spicy, but they do have hot sauce on the counter so you can create your own degree of spiciness. You have a choice of Jambori Rice or Organic Long Grain Brown Rice. He had the Jambori, as he’s not a fan of brown rice.
I ordered the Temple Salad Bowl ($9) and added tofu for an extra charge ($3). The food is definitely fresh and I felt so healthy eating my bowl! The mango was a little under ripe, but the little bit of crunch added to the freshness of the meal. All the veggies tasted like they had been chopped that day and herbs were nice and crisp. The tahini dressing was delicious and it’s great that they automatically put the dressing on the side.
The food is a tad overly-priced, but someone has to pay for the high Yaletown rent! If you want a quick, tasty, light meal and you’re in the Yaletown area, then definitely check out Fresh Bowl. If you’re looking for a cheap but more authentic South East Asian meal, then stop by Hawker’s Delight on Main Street.