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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dragon Bowl Asian Bistro

1221 W 11th St

I really REALLY wanted to say good, nay, even great things about Dragon Bowl Bistro. I thought it might be a Noodle-ism (Austin noodle house) for Houston. All the markings of a weeknight regular rotation hangout are there: Clean lines, strip-center-convenient location and parking, and a fresh ingredients concept. When we walked in we were greeted by the very friendly, very engaging staff, all dressed in black

Unfortunately, smoke from the cooking also greeted us. You order at the counter and, like a fast food joint, they call your number when your food is ready. I had the reasonably priced Singapore Noodles with beef. The beef gives away the fatal flaw of this restaurant--it had no spices to flavor it. Everything we had tasted fresh, but the food just didn't come together to form a complete dish. Yes, the meat tasted fresh. The vegetables were nicely cooked. The noodles had nice resistance. But the bowl had no coherent flavor. I was reminded of my college days when I would just put anything I could find on the stove and call it a meal. Rekha had a similarly disappointing meal.

I really wanted to say something good too. The chef/owner, Ken, is a nice guy. The concept rocks and the staff makes me smile. Ken, please put those great ingredients together in a more coherent manner. Maybe using a bit more oil isn't a bad thing?

We’ll be back soon to see how things have come along and keep you posted)

NOTES: Somehow, this blog is getting over a thousand hits a day. I know I've only told half a dozen people about it, so how did it wind up on Google? Is there someone who is linking to me?



Alan said...

It's pretty much because you're so damn popular.

July 25, 2006

Cassie (TIGGS) said...

I searched google for the glass wall and found you :)

July 25, 2006

Anonymous said...

Yes, if you google any houston restaurant you are pretty much on the first page. Well, obscurish Houston restaurant anyway. I found you from a Vieng Thai google (you were #5).

July 26, 2006

anonymouseater said...

I link to you because I have a very similar website - Houston attorney and amateur food critic. My site is http://www.foodinhouston.blogspot.com/ You are doing a great job.

July 27, 2006

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link anonymouseater... I just read your site, it is really quite nice. Do you know any other houston-centric restaurant blogs?

July 28, 2006

anonymouseater said...

Although I have searched, I don't know any other blogs that focus on Houston restaurants like yours and mine do. I discovered your blog about a month after I started mine. I was really surprised to find someone else doing something similar.

July 28, 2006

Morton Hurley said...

I searched around your site for a restaurant review of a Thai place in Seabrook called Merlion. I went there the other night and while the food was a bit toned down spice wise, it was delicious and fresh. I'd recommend it any day and wanted to see what you thought about it.

July 29, 2006

Anonymous said...

There's a guy who blogs sometimes about Houston restaurants http://www.bhollowayeats.blogspot.com/
He seems to know people in the industry. I prefer your blog and Food In Houston though. Your doing great.

July 29, 2006

Anonymous said...

i found your site while googling for auntie chang's phone #. I love it, looks great, keep up the good work

August 23, 2006

Anonymous said...

Even my blog on xanga is on yahoo too. I dunnno.. It's automatic I guess. But I love houston food though! - Hanh

September 02, 2006


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