Usually I hear the words “healthy” and “restaurant” together and roll my eyes. The two words often mean, bland, boring food. So, it was a good thing I didn’t know that’s what Chow Bing, the new restaurant from Gary Lin, of R. Rice Wok is focused on. Chow Bing meats are all natural and humanely raised without antibiotics or growth hormones and the seafood is sustainable. Gary has also made great efforts to source most of their vegetables, whenever possible, from local suppliers.
Mr. Lin has chosen to open Chow Bing in the Old Fourth Ward. It is located in the Pencil Factory Lofts, next to the Drafting Table. The bar is to the right when entering the restaurant with some tables on the main level. However, I prefer the upstairs seating which provides some street views.
I’ve had Bubble Tea before, but never boozy Bubble tea. Apparently the mango is very popular as it was nearly out when we arrived. But I mixed that with some honeydew tea and rum and it was delicious. Of course, non-alcoholic Bubble Tea is available if you prefer.
For starters, we chose wings and the lobster wontons. The lobster wontons (pictured above with Bubble Tea) are like crab rangoons. We did have good portions of lobster but they were overshadowed by the cream cheese. The wings are our better option. They are meaty and come with a just enough sauce to add to the wings, not globbed all over them to mask the chicken. Gary sat down with us and explained his choice to buy organic meats since they not only taste better but aren’t laden with water and other fillers. This was definitely clear when we sampled our wings: Sweet Sriracha and General’s (General Tso).
Entrees are a choice of wraps or bowls. A bowl can be rice or noodles. Choose from the bowls on the menu or make your own mix. We sampled the Shrimp with spicy cilantro and the 5 Spice Beef. Both were only around eight bucks, but were chock full of tasty protein, not just 95 percent noodles like at many other restaurants that offer noodle bowls…ehem…Noodle Midtown. Vegetarian? Not to worry make your own wrap or bowl from the fresh veggies. No matter what you get, you’ll want to add the Broccolini to your order.
349 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30312