Little Big Bowl and Eatwell are the latest business ventures by the Honest Food conglomerate to open up on John Street South in the Corktown Plaza. They use locally sourced ingredients to offer healthy breakfast and lunch bowls with vegan and vegetarian options.
Little Big Bowl
This is where you’d go for your breakfast smoothie or yogurt fruit bowls to eat-in or to-go. You can pick from the menu bowls like, Back in Black with blackberry, blueberry meringue, toasted coconut, and sesame, or the Nutella with hazelnut yogurt, chocolate granola, roasted bananas, and fresh pear.
The breakfast bowls range in price from roughly five to seven dollars. I tried the Dragon Heart; it was fresh and healthy but the cranberry/strawberry smoothie base was a little tart for me. For those that like the fresh fruit sour flavour you’ll probably dig it. Next time I’d like to try Milk and Cereal with very berry and vanilla, plus all the berries and cornflake crunch.
Monday to Sunday
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Right next door (and slightly adjoined) is Little Big Bowl’s next door neighbour Eatwell. They offer savoury lunch and dinner bowls, where you can order bowls from the menu or build your own from an assortment of bases like basmati rice, rye and mustard dumplings, organic baby greens or semolina noodles, then add veggie, meat, sauce, and toppings like shiso and seaweed, crushed avocado with wasabi, and all the seeds, like flax, hemp, chia and sesame. Pricing varies from around ten to fourteen dollars (depending on the bowl).
I had the Poke in Paradise. It was very different from my favourite Pokeh bar bowls, but still supremely delicious. The flavours were amazing. The basmati rice, which I thought would be weird with the tuna, was subtle and fragrant. The cucumber and celery slaw was crisp and tart; a great contrast to the melty texture of the tuna and avocado. One of my favourite flavours is shiso, which I could taste little pops of even though it wasn’t listed as a topping for this particular bowl. It was a total flavour sensation (in a really good way). I will definitely be back to try out more bowls, especially the ramen one –just look at that soft boiled egg!
It is a nice change to see something like these paired together side-by-side in that corner of the Corktown Plaza. It’s a spot where an old Vietnamese Phở restaurant had been sitting vacant for the better part of a decade.
This definitely won’t be the last of the Honest Foods corporation’s ventures. If the name Honest Foods is ringing a bell that’s because they’re the group behind The Beverly on Locke, the soon to open Honest Meat Company on Ottawa Street, and a new ice-cream shop set to open this month on James south. Plus other projects potentially in the works like a vegan grocery store, and vegetarian butcher in the downtown core. Seriously, they’ve got their finger in every Hamilton culinary pot.
Little Big Bowl and Eatwell are opening this week!
Monday to Sunday
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.