Millennial fun fact: some meals just taste so much better when they come served in a bowl.

As we’re staying home and social distancing, there’s no denying that our iPhones are hot and buzzing with food delivery notifications. Yet whilst pizza could be its own food group by now and the limit does not exist for the number of burgers we can consume in a week, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet — especially when you’re ordering takeout.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite healthy summer bowls of the minute. We love these for a light and refreshing midday meal, packed with nutrients and cool points. A little beyond our beloved Bowlito, Hunter, Ohana, GetFresh, and Farm Factory, here are a few lesser mainstream bowls you need to check out. Support these small businesses, and enjoy your lunch.

[Hero Image Credit: Paco Bangkok; Featured Image Credit: Miss Fish BKK]

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Brunch fest at home: Pimp my Salad

Boasting a very trendy variety of toppings, we order lunch from Pimp my Salad very often, though as of late, the Sathorn restaurant also offers up a neat breakfast bowl menu. The Keto Brekkie (THB 300) features thick-cut bacon, smashed avocado, two organic eggs, and roasted tomatoes. For all those who miss brunch, try this one, and add an iced coconut Sarnies coffee for good measure, too.

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Midday rocket fuel: Grain Thailand

For those days when you have call after call, there’s nothing like some power greens to pick you up. Grain Thailand serves up this Power Up Chicken Salad (THB 250) featuring a variety of greens, fusilli, grilled farm chicken thigh, and a lemon citrus dressing. Did somebody say ‘gains’?

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Poke bowl with a twist: Vistro

There are countless great poke bowl spots in Bangkok, but if you’re looking for one with a very special twist, opt for the poke bowl at Vistro (THB 290). The all-vegan eatery serves up their bowl with avocado, mango, and marinated tofu, topped with Sriracha mayo, spring onion, sesame, and crispy shallots. No meat? No need.

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Missing the ocean: Miss Fish

Hot new opening alert: have you visited Miss Fish on Sathorn Soi 10 yet? You need to. Casting a spotlight on all things delicious fish — think gourmet fish and chips, fish burgers, and more — we’re particular fans of the rice bowls here. The Green Goddess Bowl (THB 535 for grilled tuna; THB 380 for salmon) comes with either white, brown, or cauliflower rice, and is topped with a garden of nutritious greens. Served alongside a yogurt cucumber sauce, we feel more beautiful with every bite.

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In the mood for a nood: Bowl Journey

Not all summer bowls have to be made with rice, quinoa, or a smoothie. We’re loving the sound of Bowl Journey’s Hime Bowl (THB 249), which comes with cold soba, chicken kabutoni, kabutoni braised vegetables, a seaweed salad, and a yuzu truffle vinaigrette. A lunch bowl with Japanese flair.

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Dessert, but make it healthy: Paco Bangkok

We’d be animals if we didn’t include at least one sweet bowl on here, and we’d be wild animals if we didn’t make it an açai bowl. Long a beloved spot for taking ‘grams and stocking up on smoothies, if you want your lunch bowl to be both healthy and colourful, opt for Paco Bangkok. The Acai Bowl is priced from THB 350, with plenty of fun options for customisation (yes you could even get a word spelled out with fruit – get creative).

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Lisa Gries
Creative Content Director, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.