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Chirashi Bowl at Fremont Bowl in Seattle, WA

Fremont Bowl’s 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. (Image: Rebecca Mongrain/Seattle Refined)

Fremont Bowl offers much more than fresh poke bowls

JUNE 15, 2018
by REBECCA MONGRAIN

“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.”

“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.”

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Where To Eat When You’re Trying To Not Spend Money

By Aimee Rizzo | May 10, 2018

Fremont Bowl

“Bowls are economical, especially when they’re big and they can fit a lot of food. Fremont Bowl takes this concept and really runs with it – for around $15, they sell excellent donburi bowls filled to the brim with sushi rice and sashimi, teriyaki, or other toppings. It’s a very good value, particularly considering the high quality of the fish here. Make sure to use the (free) smoky housemade soy sauce.”


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The New Fremont Spot With the Bowl to Beat in 2018

Fremont Bowl’s great chirashi is a food we love

BY: CHELSEA LIN | FROM THE PRINT EDITION | MAY 2018

Chirashi Bowl | Fremont Bowl Seattle
Image Credit: Alex Crook (@alexcrookphoto on Instagram)

This article appears in print in the May 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe.

“Last year’s poke craze has left many of us unexcited about yet another new restaurant serving bowls of raw fish. Yet Fremont Bowl (where Suga and, before that, Dot’s Delicatessen were located) manages to delight with simple Japanese-style rice bowls, or donburi, that feature fresh raw fish or ingredients such as chicken teriyaki.

The chirashi ($14.95)—a bowl of rice piled with a rainbow of raw fish, including tuna, salmon, yellowtail, eel and more, accented with a single shiso leaf and fresh wasabi—has earned the most fans, for good reason. It brings a joy similar to what’s experienced at an omakase sushi dinner, but you can inhale it during a lunch break.

Pro tip: Avoid long lines by calling in your order and picking it up; there is limited seating. The downside? You’ll miss out on the house-made soy sauce available in the restaurant.”


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Affordable Eats for Foodies in Every State

For foodies on a budget, the top restaurant in every state may surprise you.

By Dan Ketchum • April 29, 2018

“Washington — Fremont Bowl
Try: Sake don bowl with salmon, umami soy sauce, fresh wasabi and yuzu kosho, $12

On the downside, you won’t be bowling at Fremont Bowl. On the upside, this Seattle spot offers generous donburi bowls at an affordable price from a team of chefs who admit to having what they call a “slight” food obsession. Bowling is good, but it’s hard to beat six veggie gyoza dumplings for $3.50.”

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Cheap Eats 2018: 30 Dishes For Morning, Noon, and Night

Costs keep rising, bills are due, and oh my god do you really have to pay parking meters until 10pm now? Here are the city’s best places where a relatively small outlay* can carry you through the day.

By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez | 4/25/2018 at 8:00am | Published in the May 2018 issue of Seattle Met

“Chirashi • Fremont Bowl
Cheap isn’t a word to use with raw fish, so let’s call the $15 rice bowl that overflows with marbled salmon, tuna, shrimp, and eel a screaming value for the glistening abundance of high-quality fish. Come for lunch, when crowds at this cheerful new donburi shop aren’t quite as crazy.”


The Seattle Times

6 great Seattle rice bowls for your lunch cravings

Originally published April 19, 2018 at 11:00 am
By Tan Vinh

“The most popular rice bowl in 2017, this chirashi bowl still holds up well to all the contenders. Sushi rice is topped with at least three sashimi pieces each of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and eel along with a shrimp and scoops of chopped-up fatty tuna and roe. It has a clean, fresh taste; the better poke bowl.”


Top 5 places for poke: Seattle’s No. 1 spot is for those ‘in the know’

Tue. April 17, 2018, 10:46am
by Hoodline (@Hoodline)

“Need more poke in your life? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top poke outlets in Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.”

“Over in Fremont, check out a fast-casual Japanese eatery that serves both poke and colorful chirashi. Fremont Bowl, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 173 reviews on Yelp, is located at 4258 Fremont Ave. N, Suite 4262 (between 43rd Street and Motor Place). Offering salmon and tofu poke, the new spot specializes in donburi—meat, seafood, or veggies served in a bowl over rice—along with salads, soups and fast-food style sides.”

Poke | Fremont Bowl Seattle


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The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle, March 2018

Where to eat right now

by Eater Staff Updated Mar 1, 2018

“The focus is squarely on Japanese-style donburi rice bowls piled high with seafood like tuna, yellowtail, albacore, salmon, eel, shrimp, and roe, complemented by toppings like fresh wasabi, yuzu, homemade soy sauce, and seaweed salad.”

Eater Seattle Heat Map March 2018


Fremont Bowl: a New Japanese Comfort Food Destination

By Tracy Wang – February 27, 2018

“Located in Fremont, Fremont Bowl, a Japanese comfort food restaurant, opened its front door to customers on November 20th, 2017. Since then, it has served many donburi bowls to customers coming from all over Washington State. With its concept set on ‘delicious, quantity, affordable’, it strives to create a comfortable space where residents living close to the restaurant and all the rest of the customers can have a new foodie destination on Japanese comfort food.

In order to bring in authentic Japanese comfort food, and to fulfill its owner’s wish in creating a Japanese comfort food restaurant, the team of Fremont Bowl went to Japan last year to learn more about what Japanese comfort food is; it turns out it means the food people quickly grab and eat in a restaurant before they go to work. An almost-Japanese-fast-food style of food, it is meant to be delicious, fast, and cheap. Carrying what they observed and learned in Japan to Seattle, Fremont Bowl is determined to create delicious and affordable food that are also good in quantity right here in Seattle…”


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New Restaurants and Bars in Seattle

by Zagat Staff · February 26, 2018

FREMONT BOWL
Cozy space for classic Japanese dishes

“A bustling space in Fremont dedicated to overstuffed donburi bowls with poke or sushi-grade fish alongside teriyaki, tonkatsu and traditional Japanese sides like miso soup and gyoza. Diners order at the counter and can take bowls to-go or eat in the cozy, minimalist dining room at one of a handful of tables.”

Chirashi | Fremont Bowl Seattle


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The Seattle Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In Seattle

February 5, 2018
By Aimee Rizzo

“Sushi is great. But when you’re starving, it can get expensive. Enter Fremont Bowl, a new casual Japanese spot specializing in donburi bowls (high-quality fish on top of rice). Nothing here is more than $15, and you will absolutely not be hungry afterward, making this a good, if small, spot for a lunch or low-key weeknight dinner. The friendly service is also a plus. Two things you shouldn’t miss here: their smoky homemade soy sauce, and the bowl with seared salmon that cuts like softened butter.”


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The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle, February 2018

Where to eat right now

by Eater Staff Updated Feb 1, 2018

“Fremont Bowl serves highly Instagrammable, supremely satisfying donburi, piled high with seafood.”


Seattle Weekly

Fremont Bowl Goes Beyond Poke

The do cash in on the trend, but also give us Japanese comfort food in many forms.

By Nicole Sprinkle
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:30am

“I swore I wouldn’t go into another poke joint for a long time. But after hearing about Fremont Bowl, I broke my promise to myself. Well, not completely, because while poke is on offer there, so are a number of other bowls and snacks, defined by the restaurant as ‘Japanese Comfort Food.’…

Here, the perfectly seasoned rice was topped with beautiful raw slices of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and albacore, as well as cooked freshwater eel, shrimp, a delicious, addictive heap of chopped fatty tuna, and masago with fresh wasabi. Adding to the overall freshness of the fish was a smidge of yuzu kosho to mix into your soy/wasabi dipping sauce. Yuzu kosho may be the next rage in condiments; a Japanese paste that consists of chili pepper, yuzu (Asian citrus), and salt, it’s a tangy, sweet, sour, spicy burst that enlivens your taste buds without numbing them…”


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The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle, January 2018

Where to eat right now

by Eater Staff Updated Jan 4, 2018

“Fremont Bowl serves highly Instagrammable, supremely satisfying donburi, piled high with seafood.”

Eater Seattle Heat Map January 2018


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Top 17 new Seattle-area cheap eats for 2018 — plus 9 more to try

Originally published January 4, 2018 at 6:00 am | Updated January 4, 2018 at 9:33 am
By Tan Vinh and Bethany Jean Clement
Seattle Times staff writers

“Fremont Bowl in Fremont: The main draw is the Instagram-friendly chirashi bowl, a collage of sashimi with different colors, textures and flavors. This Japanese spot is one of the most talked-about openings in recent months. Portions are huge. And the sashimi is neither fishy-smelling nor slimy like many cheap chirashi bowls and happy-hour sushi. Those who hate sushi (is that even possible?!) can always go for the teriyaki or katsu chicken. Note the restaurant uses Canadian Atlantic salmon instead of wild salmon for its rice bowls.”


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If You’re Totally Over Poke, This New Fremont Restaurant is Your Raw Fish Savior

BY: CHELSEA LIN | Posted January 2, 2018

Eat a well-balanced bowl. I’m so tired of poke, and yet somehow chirashi—essentially a bowl of deconstructed sushi—at the new, and already incredibly popular, Japanese donburi spot called Fremont Bowl feels fresh and different and utterly addictive. It’s a rainbow-hued bowl with tuna, unagi, shrimp, salmon, albacore, yellowtail and masago; it feels healthy and bright and I’ve been twice in two weeks and don’t know how to stop…”


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Fremont Bowl’s chirashi lives up to the hype

Originally published December 28, 2017 at 6:00 am Updated December 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm
By Tan Vinh
Seattle Times staff writer

Fremont Bowl Seattle | Chirashi Bowl Sake (Salmon) Donburi | Fremont Bowl Seattle

“One of the season’s biggest restaurant openings, this Japanese rice-bowl spot is home of the chirashi, a smorgasbord of salmon, yellowtail, albacore, shrimp, eel, roe and fatty tuna served over sushi rice.

The word “chirashi” has popped up around the bar-and-restaurant scene in recent weeks. It has popped up frequently enough that I can finish that phrase: “at Fremont Bowl.”

One of the big openings and arguably the most talked about in the past six weeks, this Japanese rice-bowl spot is the home of chirashi, a smorgasbord of salmon, yellowtail, albacore, shrimp, eel, roe and fatty tuna served over sushi rice. It’s a better poke bowl…”


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Briefs: Fremont Bowl, town hall, Goodwill tips, Floodland Brewery, Stoup chili

12/28/2017 | Geeky Swedes | Ballard

Fremont Bowl Seattle | Chirashi - Sake - Aburi Sake

“A few brief stories from Ballard and Fremont…

FREMONT BOWL: Seattle’s most talked-about new restaurant isn’t here in Ballard, but it’s right next door in Fremont. The Seattle Times gives a glowing review to the always-packed Fremont Bowl restaurant on Fremont Ave. and 43rd.”


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New Japanese Spot ‘Fremont Bowl’ Debuts In Fremont

“A new Japanese spot, offering poke and more, has debuted in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Fremont, called Fremont Bowl, is located at 4258 Fremont Ave N. (between 43rd St. & Motor Pl).

This new fast-casual Japanese eatery specializes in donburi—meat, seafood, or veggies served in a bowl over rice—along with salads, soups and fast-food style sides.

On the menu, expect to see dishes like a chirashi rice bowl with tuna, fatty tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, unagi (fresh water eel), masago (smelt roe), and yuzu pepper; a sukiyaki beef don with veggies stewed in a sweet and savory bone broth; and tofu poke, with seaweed salad, cucumber, and fried bean curd.

For salads, look for crab and shrimp with cucumber, tomato, and greens served with a citrus and mayo dressing; and tofu salad with mixed greens, sesame, and kombu (kelp) dressing.”


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Ready for more? 33 more restaurant and bar openings in Seattle and around the Eastside

Originally published December 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm Updated December 5, 2017 at 9:49 am
By Tan Vinh
Seattle Times staff reporter

“Fremont Bowl might be the most-talked-about opening this season. Poke and big rice bowls cost less than $13 and many sides like gyoza dumplings and karaage (fried chicken) are less than $5.”


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The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle, December 2017

Where to eat right now

by Eater Staff Updated at Dec 7, 2017, 9:00am PST

“While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not necessarily a chronicle of the “it” places of the moment. Thus, the Eater Heatmap, which changes every month to highlight where the food nerds are flocking.

The Heatmap is a reflection of the buzziest restaurants and places so new, they might not be on the collective radar yet. It’s the answer to the eternal question, “Where should I eat right now?” This month, the answer includes Capitol Hill’s Bok a Bok fried chicken expansion, Japanese spot Fremont Bowl, and West Seattle pizza bar Supreme. Departing the list are Rachel’s Ginger Beer and The Lakehouse.”


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Nine New Restaurants to Try in Seattle and More Food News You Can Use: Dec 1, 2017 Edition

Fried Chicken, Wood-Fired Pizza, Tapas, And More
by Stranger Things To Do Staff

“From the owners of Lake Union’s I Love Sushi, this homestyle Japanese comfort food spot serves heaping donburi-style rice bowls with fresh tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and poke.”


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Generous Japanese-Style Donburi Is a Hit in Fremont (and More)

by Megan Hill and Adam H. Callaghan Nov 29, 2017, 11:27am PST
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“…Fremont Bowl, which serves Japanese-style donburi rice bowls piled high with seafood like tuna, yellowtail, albacore, salmon, eel, shrimp, and roe, complemented with other ingredients like fresh wasabi, yuzu, homemade soy sauce, and seaweed salad. There are a few poke bowls for good measure, and it’s all priced under $15, which has the food world buzzing appreciatively…”