Bowlsome at Franklin Street is part of the latest chain of restaurants to be opened in Adelaide specialising in offering dishes inspired by the Hawaiian dish, Poke. Most of their dishes can be ordered as a small or large sized dish, with the choice of having it cold or warm.
Their Beef Bibimbap stood out from its namesake with the use of black rice to provide a slightly chewy texture. The slices of beef were of a generous size and the steamed broccoli, carrots, savoy cabbage, green beans and radish provided freshness. Completing the dish was a bibimbap dressing with just the right degree of spiciness.
Beef Bibimbap (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for those that want something unusual, the vegan cabbage rolls in the Cabbage Roll Bowl had the right amount of bite to them, with the spices giving them a bit of an Indian flavour. The Indian flavour was enhanced by the turmeric cauliflower rice, which was balanced out by the tahini, chilli and lemon dressing. A scattering of spiced chickpea crunch added a crunchy element to the dish.
Cabbage Roll Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Made from free-range chicken, the chicken in their Chicken Bowl was cooked just right which was partnered well by the curry quinoa. The dish had the notable addition of ginger poached dates to add a sweet taste that was not too strong. The use of miso roasted sesame mayonnaise imparted a nutty taste to the dish which was balanced out by the tangy chilli citrus zucchini.
Their soft-serve ice cream contained probiotics, making it a bit healthier than those offered at other stores. We opted for a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter in a cone, which turned out to be a pretty good combination. The chocolate had a rich chocolatey taste and the peanut butter had a good degree of nutty flavour. Those who chose to have it in a bowl can choose from a selection of healthy toppings such as goji berries, cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
Ice Cream (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The place seemed to be catering primarily for takeaways but there were still some bar-style seating for those that wish to dine there. Its location within the Adelaide CBD makes it convenient for office workers looking for something healthy to eat.