the green bowl / mira mesa – san diego, ca
March 5th, 2012Mary, Mira Mesa, San Diego CountyMary Desjean 2 Comments

[Update: The Green Bowl is now closed.]

The Green Bowl is a new Vietnamese restaurant that opened in the Ralphs Shopping Center in Mira Mesa in January. The place is run by a very nice couple is the spot where a few pizza places have been (anyone remember Hungry Howie’s?). My folks visited the place before I did and told me I should check it out – so I did.

The first time I ever went by, the place looked like it was closed. There was no one inside, the “open” sign wasn’t on though the lights were so I skipped it. But then I just figured out that no customers were in there and I should just stop being shy about it.

When you walk in, there’s a large board above the register with a display of different banh mi sandwiches. There’s a regular menu you can grab and seat yourself if you’d deciding to eat in or you can place an order at the register.

For lunch, I just go in, grab a menu and a seat and someone comes over to take my order when I’m ready.

[Pho Beef Noodle Soup with Rare Steak - small, $5.70]

On one of my first visits, I tried their Pho with slices of rare steak. I had them put it on a plate for me (I was asked what I wanted them to do). I also got a small plate with bean sprouts, a few jalapenos, limes and some leafy stuff (sorry, don’t know what it was exactly). I put all of the onions into my broth since I love onions and placed the steak in a few pieces at a time to let it cook in the hot broth. The broth was much lighter in color than I’ve seen at other places and a little lighter on the overall flavor, too. I still enjoyed it and my dad really liked it a lot. It was very filling and the pieces of steak were very nice.

[Seafood Crispy Egg Roll - 4 rolls for $4.75]

On my first visit I also wanted to try some egg rolls and sprung for the Seafood Crispy Egg Rolls. I no longer have the older menu which described what seafood is in this, but I believe it was a mixture of shrimp, calamari and something else. Since I was sitting alone, the woman serving me offered to just make 2 for me instead of the standard 4 and I was grateful. It came with some sweet thai chili sauce as a dipping sauce on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes.

The flavor on these were wonderful – super crisp with a mixture of seafoods – nothing too fishy and not much filler that got in the way. Good stuff!

[Bun - Vermicelli Rice Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Egg Rolls - $7.50]

On another visit, I tried one of the Bun dishes with vermicelli rice noodles – I got it with grilled shrimp and egg rolls.

This came with the cold noodles on the bottom with a whole mess of shredded bright green romaine lettuce, cucumbers and a pickled carrot and daikon mixture with a bit of cilantro and roasted peanuts. A cup of sauce was given to me on the side, which I just poured over my dish. I mixed it as I went, eating bits here and there to make for a light and refreshing lunch. I always wish for a little more sauce with this dish but it’s still pretty good. The shrimp and egg rolls were warmed while the rest of the dish was cold. I loved the crunch from the cucumbers mixed in and I think of it as a cold noodle salad.

My mom really liked their Pork Noodle Soup which is something I don’t remember seeing elsewhere. She got the “Pork Neck Bone” soup once but the “neck bones” were a ham hock (so she told me). On another occasion I also tried the Shrimp Fried Rice, but I didn’t really enjoy it very much – it seemed to me to just be yellow rice, some grilled shrimp and a whole lot of peas in it (and I hate peas, so this made me sad). I wouldn’t recommend the yellow rice – too bad I forgot to photograph it.

When dining in the restaurant, whenever I’m done with the meal I just go up to the register to pay – they don’t usually bring me my check here. Just a tip!

All in all I hope the little restaurant makes it – I haven’t seen too many patrons go in during the lunch hour but I’m hoping it’s just getting started. If nothing else, I just want to come back and get more of those seafood egg rolls!

The Green Bowl
9430 Mira Mesa Blvd., #C
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 271-8988

Mon-Sat: 10:30AM – 9:00PM
Sun: 11AM – 8:00PM

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  1. Hi Mary – turns out that the Green Bowl is now Po & Pho (read some yelp reviews)….next to H Mart (which used to be Ralph’s)

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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