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Big Bowl

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(13 Reviews)

1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 517-8881

Today: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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General Info
Big Bowl Restaurant serves Thai and Chinese cuisine, including dumplings, Thai basil shrimp, egg rolls and potstickers. The restaurant company maintains a location in Schaumburg, Ill. Big Bowl Restaurant s Web site was designed by Purple Monkey Studios and is owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Since 1971, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has maintained a sense of humor and enjoyment while creating high quality, successful restaurants. Due to the innovation of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises founder and chairman, Richard Melman, and his team of partners and employees, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises currently owns, licenses or manages more than 50 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Japan.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (847) 517-8882

Primary Phone: (224) 404-6163

Phone: (847) 517-8229

Primary Phone: (630) 439-0237

Fax: (847) 517-8882

Fax: (224) 404-6163

TollFree: (800) 510-3663

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club
Price Range

Big Bowl Schaumburg

Big Bowl Asian

Big Bowl Asian Kitchen

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Thai Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Take Out, Thai, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Chinese, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Above Average

Pets Allowed: No


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Non-authentic Chinese food

The food there is not authentic at all. Expensive and hard to eat.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hit the Jackpot with this one!

I have no idea what others that rated this place were expecting, but I've had nothing but delicious presentation. The Phad Thai, with their own sauce, was amazing although I suspect they don't use Tamarinds. Doesn't matter. It was very good and unique. Plenty of Peanuts, Plenty of Egg, Plenty of Noodles and plenty of fresh herbs; Basil, Cilantro etc. Each time I went there I got the Phad Thai and was very impressed. I'm from Seattle and was disappointed that they don't have one there. I can't think of anywhere else I'd like to eat in the area. I'm from out of town and was super impressed with the Mojito (with Gin). When I asked for chopped Chilis to accompany my Phad Thai, that' precisely what I got....not some delapidated old chilis, but Fresh Chopped Chilis. What's more is that I got Coconut Ice Cream at the end. I don't know about the Chinese food because I've never had good Chinese food. I've eaten at the best Chinese restaurants in Seattle, Stuttgart, El Paso, Pheonix, Louisville and many other cities, but have yet to be excited about returning. Of course P.F. Chang's is a good restaurant, but you're stuck with Chinese. Go to the Big Bowl to think outside the carry-out box and you'll be pleasantly pleased. Forget all the reviews that dump on the place. Those guys don't have a clue. I've worked in professional Kitchens where creativity is the key element. These folks have it. You want Sysco Cloned food on a plate that tastes like what you're familiar with; go elsewhere. You want truly good Asian Fusion food....this is where you wanna go!



Fair prices, so so food

Our first, and probably last, visit to Big Bowl was largely inexpensive but not very tasty. We didn't try their 'signature' dishes but I'm a fan of the saying "if you can't prepare it right, don't put it on the menu". We sampled various appetizers which came with some sauces that could've been excellent except for the over-abundance of sesame oil. The oil permeated every other flavor and left a rancid taste in my mouth. I was still smelling the oil on my clothes the next day. One of my thai favorites is Satay chicken but after sampling it Big Bowl style I decided to pass from now on and get it from Tub Tim Thai or make it myself. The chicken was saturated in a spicy and sickening sweet BBQ sauce, and over cooked to boot. My favorite part of most Satay Chicken is the peanut dipping sauce, which I couldn't even taste because of the BBQ sauce coated chicken. Upon tasting the peanut sauce by dipping my pinky into it I found that it was just as well since it was mostly flavorless, except for the sesame oil! We tried their Salmon Rolls, which were pretty good, the Chicken potstickers which were probably the best (except for the sampling of sesame oil flavored sauces) and something called Pork Bao - silly me thought these would be made from scratch - but for $2.95 my guess is they were from a frozen package - oh, and they still had the wax paper packaging on the bottom! Finally we tried the BBQ pork fried rice, which could have redeemed the entire dining experience except the pork was 80% fat. The jasmine rice was tasty and lacked the heavy hand of the sesame oil chef. If I do manage to try Big Bowl again sometime in the future, I'll stick to what they 'claim' to do best and make my own meal.



Asian Done Right

The homemade ginger ale is a must. The chicken thai pad has a wonderful citrus accent that made this dish unique. Both food and service were good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Try someplace else with authentic food

The Big Bowl serves asian cuisine with an American twist. The food is greasy, over priced and the portions are huge. The food is nowhere authentic and extremely unhealthy with the sodium contents.
You can order a custom bowl (like a mongolian stir fry) with all the toppings and also a chef's recommendation. The place is too noisy, crowded and is ok for aone time visit if you are done shopping at the mall and have nothing better to do in life.



Big bowl

Not bad. I do like the food here and the atmosphere is fun. You have to go off-peak times, though otherwise it is madness here. Service is ok. Prices are just ok, too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not recommended

Simply put, the food was not very good. Out of 4 dinners (all completely different), only 1 was actually decent. I have had much better Pad Thai at every other asian restaurant I have ever been to including Vong's Thai Kitchen and other local Thai restaurants. The appetizers were decent however. Service was good, but they had no record of my reservation even though I had the confirmation code they gave me. There was currently a long wait time, but they did get us seated in about 10 minutes. For a similiar experience with good food go to P.F. Chang's. The prices are simliar and I have been there many times and have never been disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great FOOD

Usually crowded but well worth the wait. Food and service are excellent.
Be careful with the spicy dishes, they are SERIOUSLY hot.



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We like it a lot!

My husband and I are not from Asia but we like this restaurant a lot. The food tastes very good, and the service is excellent. Our friends and we like to go there often. The only problem is that it is usually crowded, so you have to arrive there with some extra time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Asian Food for Yuppies

There are better places to go for Asian food. The food here, especially Chinese food, was not the best. The orange chicken tasted more like sweet and sour chicken as if the chef didn't know the difference. The portion sizes are also smaller compared with other Chinese restaurants.

The big draw here is they encompass most of the Asian cuisine like the popular Japanese and Thai dishes in addition to Chinese. I tried the Pad Thai and that was pretty good. They seem to have a lot of options for vegetarians too.

I wouldn't recommend this as a great restaurant. If you are dining with people who have different tastes for Asian food or are vegetarians, then this might be a good alternative. But if you are looking for the best Asian food at reasonable prices, then stick with your local favorite Chinese or Thai restaurant.



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Not for asians

If you're asian, don't go to this'll be offended. If you're not asian, trust me when I say that you can get much better asian food than this place. It may look like a nice place, but the food to be honest, just sucks. Whoever is running the kitchen doesn't know how to cook asian food.
Try StirCrazy at woodfield mall next door....much better!