Bowl Bowl isn’t your traditional dumplings restaurant, it’s got a bit of flare in the heart of Smith Street, Collingwood.
We were a group of 6, where 5 of us were happy to share the dishes we ordered: 1 serve of Spring rolls (3 pieces cut in half), 1x steamed dumpling, 2x panfried dumpling and 1x Shanghai Fried Noodles.
I enjoyed the sichuan signature dumplings the most. We requested the sichuan sauce to be served separately because we didn’t know how spicy it would be. It wasn’t spicy, a very mild kick but that was it. haha,
We also had the spring rolls as entree, it was delicious with mushroom fillings, unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it – it went too quickly.
Then came panfried chicky prawn and pork & chives dumplings. I enjoyed the pork & chives more than the chicken and prawn. Mainly because the prawn was separated from the chicken paste – a whole prawn was sitting at the base of the dumpling, with the chicken paste on the top. I prefer my chicken and prawn dumpling mixed together so the flavours are in one. Both dishes were nicely panfried without overdoing it.
The Shanghai fried noodles was an interesting one. The texture of the hokkien noodles were perfect. I actually had 2 bowls of this as the flavour was nice. As you can tell the noodles are green with a bit of salad that’s not usually in the traditional shanghai fried noodles. Shanghai fried noodles usually come with small amount of shredded meat, but this dish was all veggies as noted on the menu.
We had an entertainment book voucher of 25% off the bill, so it landed at just under $11 per person, which is very satisfying for lunch with work friends.
Service was amazingly quick and staff were friendly, we had no issues with our order and we got back to work within 50 minutes. This is exactly what you need when you have a tight timeframe for a work lunch.
As you can tell the dishes are not your traditional style of chinese cuisine, but I think this is the closest based on what’s in Collingwood.
Location: 88 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3065