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Jan 29, 2008 08:44 PM

Lions Head Soup Bowl

I did a quick search on this board & came up w/very little.

Many of you helped before, so I'm hoping to rely on your expertise again. Where's the best place to purchase these online? Best deal? Many places seem to be currently out of stock.

And what's the best? Apilco? Emile Henry? Or? (I'm specifically searching for porcelein.)

And w/the current scare of things made in China, I'd prefer that the bowls be made anywhere else.

I'm hoping to order within a day, for Friday's French Onion Soup gathering.

As always, thank you!

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  1. Well, not necessarily cheap, but Williams Sonoma usually has them.

    1. If you want to spend the money, Emile Henry is great quality. I bought a large amount of Emile Henry last year: 5.4Q lasagna pan, 2.5Q lasagna pan, 2Q oval gratin, a couple of 1/2Q lasagna pans, half dozen soup bowls, ramekins and the 5L Lion's Head soup tureen.

      All of it has been incredible, and I couldn't be happier with its quality and performance.

      Now regarding porcelein, Emile Henry is not. It's very high quality, glazed Burgundy clay. But it's better than 90% of the porcelein items out there.

      1. Thanks all! I couldn't order from W-S only b/c it wouldn't arrive on what I did was go to a local restaurant supply store. Instead of the porceleins, I decided to get soup crocks...eight for $10!

        6 Replies
        1. re: OCAnn

          *Much" cheaper! ;)
          I've wanted those lions head bowls forever now, but have prevented myself for two reasons:
          1. they're freaking expensive
          2. i don't serve enough soup at dinner parties to warrant it.

          ...some day....

          1. re: litchick

            The restaurant supply store also had the lions head bowls. I think it may have been $40 for a dozen; they weren't Apilco, but IIRC they were French-made porcelain.

            I opted for the soup crocs instead of the lions head bowls b/c I was afraid that the latter would be too tall to use under the broiler for melting the cheese. Definitely beautiful bowls.

            1. re: OCAnn

              I have emile henry lion's head and use them under my broiler with no issue.

              If you do ever decide to get some I love my emile bowls and have had them for years with no chips at all. I only had four of them and unfortunately they don't make the color I have anymore(honey) so I've never been able to add to them. As far as durability, I had them in a bag that we took to my mom's house to make soup husband accidentally dropped the bag on her hardwood floor and only one of the bowls broke. I was sad to lose one but impressed(and happy) that they didn't' all break.

              Sounds like you found a great solution for your dinner party however!

              1. re: ziggylu

                Do you use your bowls for anything other than French onion soup?

                1. re: OCAnn

                  I use them for other soup as well...but beyond just soup? I don't think I ever have to be honest! We eat onion soup frequently (my husband loves it and my mother frequently requests it when we go down on sundays and make dinner for her) so they have had a fair amount of use over the last ten years or so.

                  I have some Emile bakers and pie plates as well that have held up well over the years also.

                  I've been looking lately at the really small versions for pot de creme though....I may break down and buy them at some point.

                  1. re: ziggylu

                    Thank just may have talked me into getting the EH lions head tureens w/my tax return! =) These are SO much prettier than the crocks!

        2. Typed in "lion's head bowl" on ebay and found a couple of listings.