I came across Mr. Stonebowl on Instagram (aka the best way to discover more food) and despite reading about the long lineups, I decided to brave them on a Sunday night. Luckily we only had 2 people so we got in after 10 mins! Way ahead of the various other people standing around. Stuff like this just makes my day since I hate waiting! We went to the Mr. Stonebowl location in Burwood and it’s a few blocks from the train station.
According to Instagram, they are famous for their Garlic Prawns with Squid Ink Fried Rice so of course I was getting that. The food was served surprisingly fast and soon I was able to dig into my squid ink fried rice.
The rice is served in a stone bowl with a cream sauce on top garnished with scallions. The squid ink fried rice was not what I would call fried rice since it did not feature any other ingredients in it save for a few random pieces of egg in it. They could at least throw in some frozen veggies? However, despite how plain it looked, it was well seasoned and delicious. The cream sauce was an ingenious idea. It’s the same kind of sauce you would get with crab or lobster at Chinese restaurants. The garlic prawns were also quite large and toothsome. I can see why it’s so popular! The portion of rice is huge so it’s good for 2 people to share. Also, I think if you just ate it by itself you might get sick of it.
In addition, we also shared the Fried Chicken with Passionfruit Sauce which was a new item as indicated on the menu. I thought the passionfruit sauce sounded interesting so I ordered it on a whim. The chicken pieces were actually quite small and I was expecting larger pieces of chicken breast or thigh meat. The breading was tasty but there was a lot of filler and not much chicken. The passionfruit sauce was served on the side for dipping to give the chicken a tangy tart flavour. Wouldn’t get it again since I felt a bit ripped off. Sometimes I just make terrible food decisions…
We had a hit and a miss but I enjoyed my visit to Mr. Stonebowl and there are other dishes I’d like to go back and try.