Fresh Bowl (Gastown)
Despite what some people may think, I decline a substantial number of media dinner/lunch invites. Not because I don’t love them (who doesn’t love free food?), but because for the most part (a) either my schedule is too busy or (b) I want to go visit and pay with my own money so that people don’t even have the minimal qualm about whether I’m doing a non-biased review (despite the fact that I always write a disclosure). So while I was sad to have missed Fresh Bowl‘s invites, I was glad to come here for lunch. Long story made short? It’s good, very good. Weird pricing strategy, but good overall.
I ordered a Spicy Sambal with chicken (which ended up being from $7.00 to $10 – they added the chicken on top, something that I wasn’t really all that impressed with). My lunch colleague had a Thai green curry with vegetable (again, $7.00 plus $1.95 of the veggies). I would definitely prefer to know exactly the price of what I’m buying instead of this “on top of”.
My spicy sambal with chicken was tasty, spicy, and at some points a tad too spicy, but overall it was very nice. I’m glad I tried Fresh Bowl at least once (and I’ll have to say – smarty pants, because they found out I went there for lunch even though I came unannounced. I *always* do that at restaurants, so I don’t get special treatment. And nobody seemed to have recognized me there, but they posted on Twitter that they knew I had eaten there. Wowza). Overall, a bit on the overpriced side of things, tasty but a tad too spicy, but I’ll probably come back at some point. Not a place that I’m going to eat for lunch every day, but I can come visit on occasion.
Disclosure: I paid for my lunch and that of my colleague on my own dime. My views are my own, and I retain editorial control over anything published on my site