Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill 4869 Telegraph Ave./48th St., Temescal, (510) 654-2000. L-D daily.
Based on centuries-old family recipes passed down to two sisters, exotic choices on this menu are so extensive that it isn’t a bad idea to spend some time online studying the options before your visit. That’s what I did, and it allowed me to zero in on the bibimbop bowl consisting of rice, veggies, and a protein. I picked a mixed grain base (the other choice is white rice) with spicy pork topping, and asked them to hold the sunnyside-up fried egg that is usually placed on top. A sizzling version of this is served in hot stoneware. This was served with miso soup and nine banchan sides of small pickled and spiced vegetables that are refilled of by request. After I ate my lunch, I had enough food left over for two more meals at home. The house specialty Korean-style Fried Chicken--referred to as “KFC”--takes 15 to 20 minutes to prepare. Among the drinks are fruit-infused unfiltered rice wine and fruit slushies. The way understated interior decor here includes charcoal gray and taupe painted walls, both inside and out, and stone-tile flooring.
|exterior of Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill in Oakland, California|
|interior of Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill in Oakland, California|
|bibimbop bowl at Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill in Oakland, California|
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