September 26, 2004
The restaurant has two specialties: first, and less advertized, is the sushi, which includes some innovative combinations (the yummi-yummi roll gets raves from piscovores), as well as good standbys (California roll, and my favorite, the veggie tempura roll). The sushi is what bumps this restaurant into the $10 to $20 category, as one roll will set you back $4 to $8.
The restaurant's other specialty, and its real raison d'être, are the enormous, steaming bowls of noodles. You can order a predesigned bowl (Chaing mai noodles, Thai noodles [aka pad Thai], Spicy Eggplant noodles, among others), or you can design your own. Six dollars gets you the noodles of your choice in one of four broths (by far the best is the coconut curry), along with three veggies, which you choose from a wide array (including enoki mushrooms and asparagus, two of my favorites). For a dollar or two extra, you can add tofu, meat, or shrimp. If you can restrain yourself from ordering sushi as well, a bowl of noodles will see you out the door very full and very happy for at most $9.
For drinks, Thai Bowl serves an array of fruit juices, Japanese beers, and delicious plum wine, as well as the inevitable Atlanta Coke products.
The Decatur branch of the restaurant is a mix of counter and table service: you place your order at the counter, and about three minutes later the 100%-androgynous staff brings it to you at your table. The best seats are outside on the patio; the view of the parking lot isn't exactly scenic, but if the weather's nice, it's much more pleasant than the frostily air-conditioned interior.
From journal Peace and Quiet in Decatur