I’ve been trying to convince Brian to go to The Rice Bowl since we first visited Jacksonville in July, but he kept turning his nose up at the suggestion… and then, knowing me so well, would distract me with Epik Burger or MShack. Last week I finally put my flip-flop down and insisted we give The Rice Bowl a try. (Honestly, because I have no control at Epik Burger or MShack and will eat myself stupid… and I’m trying to be better…. all this eating out is delicious… but not good on the waistline!)
We asked for a Gluten Free menu before we were seated and it took them a bit to find one…. it had gotten mixed in with the other menus… but they weren’t at all perturbed by the request. The GF menu was extensive and clearly marked and the waitress was helpful with suggestions and clarifications.
Mom and I decided to share an appetizer and entree. (See? I can be sensible.)
Cilantro, lettuce, basil, carrot and shrimp wrapped with ricepaper and served with hoisin sauce
Chicken,beef,lobster and shrimp served with special blend of vegetable with a traditional brown sauce (white sauce for GF)
Brian ordered a huge bowl of Fried Rice…. most places use soy sauce in their fried rice, so he doesn’t get to have it often.
Fried Rice (Combination)
Includes your choice of meat and onion, carrot, green pepper, scallion. Toppings include tomato, cucumber, pineapple, cashews
The Royal Dish was delicious. It’s a good thing that Mom and I decided to share because I’d have been compelled to eat it all….. and I might have exploded in the attempt. The GF white sauce (used instead of the usual brown sauce) was light and flavorful. The vegetables were plentiful and cooked perfectly…. the meats… tender and delicious. The fried rice (served as a side with the Royal Dish) was quite good too…. light and flavorful.
The Spring Rolls were just so-so… they could have used a bit more flavor… maybe a bit of mint? And the shredded lettuce was difficult to keep from falling out of the wrapper. The Hoisin sauce was yummy though.
I was very pleased with the Rice Bowl… even Brian admitted that it was a good find… ha!
Rice Bowl Asian Cuisine
13947 Beach Blvd #110
Jacksonville, FL 32224