Rice Bowl

 
RB Entrance
13947 Beach Blvd
Ste 110
Jacksonville, FL 32224
 
This was a perfect find for a cold day.  Asian is my number one food pic these days, and when my friend call and invited me to lunch, I agreed.  I had never heard of this spot so naturally I hit the internet to look see.  Once on the site Rice Bowl  I knew she had found a winner.  Not the usual fare, a combination of Chinese, Thai and Korean offerings that will tempt the curious patron.  The space is small but well organized so you do not feel crowded, fresh flower on each table, modest decor with few embellishments.  Friendly staff greets each guest as they enter.
 
Interior

Small but comfortable

  
Beer, Wine and Saki

Robust selection of wine, beer and Sake

 

 While engaging with our waitress  about the restaurant, we were pleased to learn this is a family establishment, with a long history  in the restaurant business run by  the former owners of Mr. Chan Asian Cuisine.  They have taken the best of many recipes  to create  very imaginative food offerings. guaranteed to please.  Were were offered both the lunch and dinner menu.  One thing I did notice on the menu if you do not see they will customize if possible.  
Lunch

                                                             Dinner

We started with one Egg roll and two bowls of Tom Ka Kai.  The egg roll was crispy, with out a hint of oil served with two dipping sauces.

Egg Roll

Egg Roll with Mustard and Duck Dipping Sauce

The Tim Ka Kai ,which I ordered spicy, was a beautiful blend of creamy lime and coconut based soup broth, lush  with hints of cilantro, fresh sliced tomatoes, onions and large pieces of chicken.

Spcy Tom Ka Kai

Spicy Tom Ka Kai

Next choice the Hibachi Chicken, tossed with broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, onion, carrots in a bright hibachi sauce.  All the vegetables are fresh  chopped daily or more as needed.  One can look and any of the dishes we ordered and see this is a fact.  No hint of anything pre cooked or canned.

Chicken Habachi

Hibachi Chicken

A order of  Thai Basil Chicken,  a spicy dish, that lived up to its reputation.  Large white meat chicken slices, with mushrooms, snow peas, green peppers, onions, zucchini, asparagus, carrots in a zesty  Thai basil sauce.

Thai Chicken Basil

Thai Chicken Basil

My dish Chow Fun Noodles, is a dish I have never seen on any menu in Jacksonville.  The noodles for this dish are ordered in from Orlando on a weekly basis.  A flat wide rice noodle, stir fried with mushrooms, scallions, onions and zucchini and set in hoisin sauce, was made extra spicy on request.  I was beside myself with glee to be eating these most satisfying noodles.  I chose the beef option as my protein and a good choice it was meat rich and tender.

Chow Fun w beef

Chow Fun w beef

We shared all around as we always do, and could not agree on which dish was the best.  We knew every dish was a winner.  The value for price is well worth the visit.  One thing for sure it will be placed on the short list of lets go back restaurants.

Pricing is modest: Appetizers, $1.75 – 8.00; soups, $2-6; noodle bowls, $8-15; Rice Bowl specialties, $9-19; entrees, $9.50 – 11.00.  Service attentive and friendly, it’s easy to understand why this spot gets high marks on social media.

Gather you loved ones, the people you like to eat with the most and make a visit.  Try something you don’t usually eat because it will be on this menu.

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