The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country's culture is to spend 10–15 years in one of its maximum-security prisons, but the second-best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about Asia with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Southeast Asian cuisine and drinks at Fresh Bowl's Cambie Street location.
Fresh Bowl's food gurus craft a Southeast Asian–influenced menu populated by made-from-scratch curries, spice blends, and dishes including organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free offerings. Boot up aroma-powered nostrils with the savoury scent of chicken or prawns in a Singapore laksa rice-noodle-filled soup ($9.95), or plunge chopsticks into a bevy of gluten-free Penang red curry made with chicken ($9.95), prawns ($9.95), tofu ($8.95), or vegetables ($8.95) and served with a choice of jambori or organic long brown rice. Meanwhile, a tower of veggie garnish shadows a bowl of meat ($9.95), vegetable ($8.95), or tofu ($8.95) wok-fired mee goreng. Patrons can wash down eats with assorted teas, such as a calamansi shaken tea mixed with lemon-lime juice and a house-brewed black tea ($2.50), or sink sweet teeth and overeager noses into delectable desserts such as tapioca-ball pudding made with coconut milk and palm sugar ($3.95).
Fresh Bowl's interior, featured in Hospitality Design and designed by Moeski Consulting Inc., complements its healthy eats with eco-friendly materials and finishes. A heritage building ensconces the Gastown location, where brick walls and arches act as a backdrop for the dining room's contemporary decor. All of Fresh Bowl's ingredients come in biodegradable packaging, and the eatery composts all its leftover waste and newspaper pirate hats in-house.