In a city filled with poke bowls, sushi restaurants and more seafood than one can throw a stick at, along comes Fremont Bowl. Taking over the space where Suga and Dot's Delicatessen once resided, Fremont Bowl has already made an impression in the few months they’ve been open. You won’t find dressed up poke or complicated rolls here. This place works on delicious simplicity with a focus on fresh fish and unique flavors.
This new restaurant from the same owners of Lake Union’s I Love Sushi offers a minimalist look with light wood tables and stark white walls. Diners will also appreciate their budget friendly prices with most dishes costing under $15.
The simple menu features Japanese-style rice bowls, or donburi, with raw fresh fish along side chicken teriyaki or chicken katsu. Their featured (and most popular) dish is the chirashi which comes as a bowl of rice piled with a delightful array of raw fish, including tuna, salmon, yellowtail, eel and shrimp. The bowl is accompanied by a dollop of fresh wasabi and yuzu kosho.
Their dine-in only dish, Aburi Sake Don which is comprised of seared salmon with sea salt with fresh wasabi and yuzu kosho is so simple, one might pass it up. But don’t. This dish melts in your mouth and you might find yourself considering a second order while contemplating the space left in your stomach.
The yuzu kosho which tops most bowls is a Japanese paste made of chili pepper, yuzu (Asian citrus) and salt. The sweet, sour and spicy burst of flavor adds to each dish and is a must have addition.
While most of Fremont Bowls offerings focus on donburi rice bowls, they do have a few poke offerings along with Chicken Katsu Don, Chicken Teridon and several tofu dishes. All of these dishes are simple with an emphasis on flavor.
The small restaurant houses a long line of closely sat tables and waits can get long on weekends. Regulars gather to wait outside for the restaurant to open on weekdays. Fremont Bowl offers online ordering for pick-up and partners with many of the locally available delivery services. While you can certainly dine out, Fremont Bowl’s house made soy sauce is worth dining in for. This light sauce hosts robust umami flavors with perfumed sake and just a dash of dashi and is made daily in the wee morning hours for diner’s delight.
Fremont Bowl is located in upper Fremont at 4258 Fremont Ave N, Ste #4262 and is open daily from 11:30am - 2:30pm & 4:30pm - 9pm