QBowl: Quality Teriyaki Bowl for a fresh, quick and inexpensive bite

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BY KAREN YOUNG

When I first saw the sign go up for Quality Teriyaki Bowl, I mused about the name which sounded so incredibly unimaginative. Visions of bad teriyaki bowls, laden with corn starch sauce, found in food courts in malls across America popped in my head.

Teriyaki Chicken/Shrimp Plate PHOTOS: KAREN YOUNG
But when Quality Teriyaki Bowl finally opened in Studio City, replacing My Little Cupcake, I decided to throw out my pre-conceptions  and try it.

First, I discovered the name of the restaurant is actually Q Bowl, named after owner Yervand Perchemyan’s penchant for pool and the “cue ball.” Next, I was surprised to see the vast variety of choices on the menu — from chicken, meat and shrimp teriyaki combinations to burgers, salads, burritos,  gyozas,  zucchini sticks, onion rings and fries.

My friend and I decided to go for the traditional menu. I had the large combination plate with Chicken and Shrimp Teriyaki which was accompanied by a good size side salad and brown rice (white rice is available), while my friend had the combination Chicken and Beef Bowl with brown rice. The chicken is all white meat — and very moist. The beef is sirloin and quite tender. For me the test was the sauce, which  was thick and sweet, however less overpowering than others that use a heavy hand of corn starch.  The shrimp was medium sized, plump and juicy.

Beef and Chicken Bowl

Beef and Chicken Bowl

On another occasion I ordered the Shrimp Teriyaki Salad which is served with the salad and shrimp side by side. The five shrimp were propped up on a small amount of rice, placed next to the green salad.  I also tried an order of Beef Gyoza — beef dumplings that are lightly fried and served with a side of ranch dressing and a ginger sauce.  The gyoza are very flavorful with a hint of ginger mixed into the beef.

A fast casual eatery with counter service, it is pristine clean. If you park in back, you’ll see that the kitchen is spotless except for the food being prepared.  Everything is made fresh to order and the food arrives promptly.

Teriyaki Shrimp Salad

Portions are very well sized. The large plate can be shared if you aren’t too hungry.  All items are served in recyclable styrofoam.

Quality Teriyaki Bowl is a perfect place to go for a quick bite at a very reasonable price.  The top meal price is $8.95 with the average at $6.

I’ve now learned not to jump to judge so quickly based on a name — especially since I now know the name is really Q Ball and that sounds so much better than Quality Teriyaki Bowl — although it is “quality.”

Beef Gyoza

On Ventura Blvd, just west of Carpenter. Park in back

Q Bowl: Quality Teriyaki Bowl 11925 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604  818.508.0100.  Free parking in back, but spaces are limited.  M-Th 11 am-9 pm,  Fri-Sat 11am-10 pm, Sun 11am – 7pm.  Just west of Carpenter Avenue. Cash/Visa/MC.  Bowls $5.95-7.95,  Plates: $7.45-$8.95,  Burgers: $3.15-$7.95 (meal), Salads: $4.25- $7.45, Burritos: $4.25-$6.25, Sides: $1.50-3.50.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find.

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