Monday, February 16, 2015

Eating Food and Supporting the Small Guy

Hey all,

Today I want to talk a bit about our Friday night experience at a new restaurant in Bellevue called the Golden Bowl. The family and I were sitting around contemplating about where we should go and eat dinner and we could not decide. My wife and I both share a common characteristic of being indecisive at times when we need to make decisions. We probably sat around for 20 minutes being hungry trying to figure out a good place to go. I even threw the question out on social to try and spark some assistance. Well, that did not help as we did not get much feedback.

A light bulb went off in my head remembering how I had saw that this new Chinese Restaurant had opened up in Bellevue and not only was it good, but affordable as well. I told myself that I would make sure to take a visit to try the establishment as eating food and supporting the #SmallGuy are two of my favorite things so this was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I made my mind up that this would be the place for dinner. My wife was just happy that a decision was finally made.

We got on Yelp to get directions to this new place as we only knew it was on Fort Crook Road. It only took about 10-15 minutes to get there and when we pulled up we remembered eating at the location once before when it was a German restaurant. We walked in and were pleasantly surprised by the small and intimate design. We were immediately greeted and seated when we walked in the door. We were off to a very good start!

Combination Fried Rice
The portions were huge and we could not believe the amount of food that we received when it came out. My daughter wanted the Combination Fried Rice and it was a mountain sized serving! This was only the personal size and not the family size. The portions were not the only big thing here as the shrimp were a decent size in this dish.

Barbecue Fried Rice
Sweet & Sour Chicken
For me, I again could not decide. Since I did not want to settle for one thing I ordered two items to share. I only shared a little because it was good! Haha. No, I did share and there was plenty for leftovers that got devoured on Saturday for lunch. I got the Barbecue Fried Rice and the Sweet & Sour Chicken and neither dish disappointed. I wish I could have ate more. Each dish came with two Crab Rangoon which made my wife and girls happy. When I cracked one open it was so thick and creamy and I really enjoyed it. The Barbecue Fried Rice was so good that I did not even dare to put Soy Sauce on it. I cannot remember a time when I have eaten Fried Rice and not put any on. It was that good. I am already prepared to go back which is good, but bad for my waistline.

The service was good, the staff was nice and it was extremely affordable. My 4 year old at one point during the dinner said that the restaurant was "Awesome!" I overheard another young kid say something to the same affect as well. After only this one visit we are fans and plan on going back. If you are in Bellevue and are craving Chinese I would recommend trying out Golden Bowl. If you do not feel like going out they will also deliver. 

It is important to note that I am not a food critic! I just wanted to focus on a small business and tell about our experience while visiting. Please stay tuned for more blogs each week and leave comments of what you think!

Have a great night!

Special thanks to Golden Bowl-

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