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Bowl'd BBQ - Open in Oakland

Melanie Wong Jan 24, 2014 05:20 PM

Luke Tsai of EBX reported on the changes ahead,
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/archives/2014/01/22/mid-week-menu-actual-cafe-rolls-out-new-dinner-menu-copan-becomes-bowld-bbq-and-cholita-linda-prepares-to-softly-open

Copan switched to Bowl'd BBQ today. The press release says:
"at-the-table individual stone grills ... upwards of a dozen small sides, plus dipping sauces and soup, all at no extra charge. Gluten free and vegan options are numerous.
... small plate focused menu are kimpbop (Korean sushi), and savory pancakes made with house made kimchi...Korean Fried Chicken, Pork Belly Barbeque (5 different types), and customizable rice bowls called Bibimbop..."

Bowl'd BBQ Korean Stone Grill
4869 Telegraph Avenue, between 48th and 49th Streets
Oakland, CA
Daily service is continuous, running from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 510-654-2000
http://bowldbbq.com/

  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 17, 2014 09:47 AM

    I tried the fried chicken ($14). Very crisp breading, very juicy meat, good flavor. BIg portion, seemed like more than half a chicken but maybe it was just a big chicken. Seemed like a good portion for two to me. They have several sauce options, which you can get half and half, but it makes no sense to me to take the nice crisp chicken and sauce it so it gets soggy.

    Comes with a coleslaw-ish cabbage salad and daikon kimchi. Add $4 for soup, panchan, rice. Add $9 for a discounted drink, I got the Jinro makguli, similar to unfiltered sake.

    Bigger selection of panchan than on Solano, I think we had 14 dishes.

    Somebody was complaining in another topic about the gojujang being sweet. It's not.

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      abstractpoet Feb 17, 2014 10:45 AM

      I tried a half-and-half order of fried chicken about a week after they opened and thought the breading (for the plain, unsauced chicken in particular) was too thick and also pretty bland — but I still found the chicken to be pretty enjoyable, especially the version with the spicy sauce (which wasn't very spicy at all).

      The way they apply the sauce, it just adheres to the breading — there isn't a pool of sauce that the chicken sits in, so the crust actually didn't get soggy at all.

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        dordogne Feb 19, 2014 10:26 AM

        Fried chicken is excellent and very generous portion for $14. I agree very crisp and juicy--even the light meat pieces--but the batter was a bit bland, needed salt/pepper or something to kick up the spicing, other than just adding sauce (they also have the fried chicken wings with sweet/spicy sauce from the Solano menu). Twelve panchan; the spicy ones (including their patented kim chee) were best. Basic verdict: the dishes that are not hot/spicy are underseasoned. Room is large with high ceilings and lots of hard surfaces--not very comfortable for conversation unless you're next to the front window or the side wall. Staff was friendly, efficient, attentive, just as at the Solano mother ship.

        1. re: dordogne
          Robert Lauriston Feb 19, 2014 10:58 AM

          Yeah, the batter's pretty neutral. I dipped the chicken in gochujang.

          I probably won't order it again unless maybe with four or more people. For battered fried chicken I'll go to Miss Ollie's, for Korean I'll get the wings at Fusebox.

      2. chefj Jan 25, 2014 11:34 AM

        Intended to go last Night but was so loud we got up and left before ordering.
        Looks to be almost the same Menu as Bowl'd with and added BBQ section though I am not positive of that.
        So loud, I really couldn't concentrate on the Menu.

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        1. re: chefj
          Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2014 12:34 PM

          In addition to the Bowl'd items, I see tabletop grilling, fried chicken, and soju-bang style all-you-can-eat and optionally -drink prix-fixe deals.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            chefj Jan 26, 2014 10:03 AM

            Bowl"d Albany has Fried Chicken Wings.
            Does Oakland have the menu posted on line?

            1. re: chefj
              Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2014 10:34 AM

              The menu is at the link above.

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