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I'm Getting Rid of All My Dinnerware—Except for Blates


December  8, 2022
Photo by Julia Gartland

Everything, and I mean everything, tastes better in a pasta bowl. Pasta, of course, but also risotto! Salads! Grilled steak or seared pork chops over a bed of mashed potatoes with a shallow puddle of red wine reduction! Beef stew cooked in even more red wine! If you’ve dined out in the last five years, you may have taken note of the fact that more and more restaurants are serving some of their most attractive dishes (and even the less photogenic ones) in a low bowl—aka a blate.

Blates are, simply put, a happy medium between a plate and a bowl.

That odd moniker doesn’t do its handsome form justice. Blates are, simply put, a happy medium between a plate and a bowl. If you’re serving something creamy, saucy, or brothy, you probably want a little bit of a lip to contain said sauces. But a more traditional deep bowl (aka a regular bowl) doesn’t always feel right outside the confines of serving soup, chili, or noodle bowls. “This style of plate really lends itself to beautiful sauces or something brothy. It’s a really nice option because you can go so many different directions with it,” says Campfire Pottery Founder Kristen Camp. “They’re also space-savers and look really great stacked up on open shelves.”

Casey Simring, a buyer for Food52, loves both blates and coupe bowls. At first glance, they look identical, but a few key technical details distinguish one from the other. Blates have a flatter bottom with high straight edges—”it's truly a plate with walls and ideal for grain bowls or meals with multiple components because of the wider surface area,” she says. “Coupes, on the other hand, are more of a traditional bowl shape with a rounded bottom and shallow walls. These are my go-to for pasta/non-soupy noodles, risotto, and other one-pot meals, and look great both with a small portion of food or filled to the brim,” she adds.

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For all intents and purposes, we're going to call them blates.

I bought my first set of blates (it’s okay, I’m cringing as I write it, too) a few years ago for Valentine’s Day dinner. I was making bouillabaisse and wanted to serve it in something that 1) felt elevated, 2) looked attractive, and 3) was practical for serving a brothy stew packed with big chunks of lobster, cod, jumbo shrimp, mussels, and clams. I went to Crate and Barrel and bought two of their Hue White Low Bowls—it took exactly one day for me to order six more so I could have a full set. To this day, they’re still the part of my dinnerware collection that I reach for more than anything else.

Blates are your stylish best friend who you want to invite to every function as a way of saying, “Look how cool my friend is! That makes me cool too, right?”

But I’m not the only one who feels so strongly about blates. It seems that the entire Food52 community is just as wildly passionate. “I eat every single meal from a bowl-plate (blate). Mine are from Target and I adore them,” says Caroline Mullen, Food52’s associate editor. “When I moved from my apartment, and took my bowl plates with me, my roommate ordered more because she got so completely attached to them.” “Every meal is a blate meal,” agrees Food52’s Director of Content Brinda Ayer.

Blates are essentially the stylish best friend you want to invite to every party as a way of saying, “Look how cool my friend is! That makes me cool too, right?” But blates aren’t just about looks. They’re unwaveringly practical, too. “They're fantastic for breading and frying—the breadcrumbs don't fall over the sides and lining them with paper towels makes the perfect post-fry vessel,” adds Mullen.

I genuinely hope that you’re feeling financially flush as you read this, because we’ve rounded up the best-looking low bowls-slash-blates-slash-coupes-slash-pasta bowls and you’re going to want every single set.

The Prettiest Low Bowls, Pasta Bowls, and Blates

Photo by Crate and Barrel

1. Crate and Barrel Hue White Low Bowls, Set of 4

These are my all-time favorite low bowls—and it doesn’t hurt that they are so inexpensive and even more durable. I’ve dropped them and dropped things on them, and there’s not a chip in sight. The glossy white finish is modern without looking like they belong in a wealthy bachelor’s pad, so I feel confident that they’ll continue to feel stylish for years.

Photo by Campfire Pottery

2. Campfire Pottery White Speckle Sandstone Everything Bowl

This is everything a low bowl should be—and is handcrafted in Maine by veteran potters. “We created this catchall bowl with pasta, salads, soup, and stir-fries in mind,” says founder Kristen Camp. “It feels like a really good economic option for people who don’t want to have a full set of dinnerware. You can really use it for anything.”

3. Hawkins New York Essential Pasta Bowls

“I eat every single meal out of a low bowl, except pizza! I like the size of Hawkins Organic Dinnerware. The sides make it easier to spoon or fork food, so there is less stress about spilling, and it’s a comforting shape to hold,” says Food52’s Creative Director Alexis Anthony.

Photo by Anthropologie

4. Anthropologie Levi Bowls

“I eat everything in them that doesn't require the free-range of motion for cutting that a plate allows. The design has since changed and I'm sad that I can't buy more of them, but when putting my wedding registry together, the Number One thing I required in any set was a good low bowl,” says Rebekeh Daniels, an account manager for Food52.

Photo by East Fork

5. East Fork Pottery The Coupe

“I am a hardcore East Fork Pottery stan. I only use their everyday bowls! They are so easy to clean and make everything you put in them so pretty,” says Dominique Evans, Food52’s social media coordinator.

Photo by Target

6. Threshold Tilley Dinner Bowls

The aforementioned Target bowl-plates, which inspired Caroline and her roommates. Choose from four rich finishes—bronze, brown, navy, or white (the latter of which are sadly out of stock at the moment).

7. Dansk Kobenstyle Porcelain Dinnerware

We quite literally dug into Dansk’s archives to bring back this retro set of low bowls because yes, we need more blates.

8. Mosser Glass Tinted Glass Nesting Shallow Bowls

“These tinted cuties are just amazing,” says Kayla Roolaart, Food52’s associate buyer, who has gotten to see dozens of blates firsthand, so you know they’re good.

9. Casafina Modern Classic Ceramic Pasta Bowl

“These are gorgeous but a little noisy,” says Food52’s director of content Brinda Ayer. We’ll excuse their table manners for the sake of style.

Photo by Hot Pottery

10. Hot Pottery Pasta Bowl Pistachio

From the colorful, hand-painted splatters to the deep bowl (it measures 20cm by 6.5cm), these clay bowls are nearly perfect. The only downside of these stunning pasta bowls from Hot Pottery is that they don’t ship to the United States—and I currently only own one of them.

Photo by Anthropologie

11. Hayes Pasta Bowls

Even if you don’t spend your days in a field of wildflowers, or fill your home with the smell of Capri Blue, these pastel-colored plates from Anthropologie still belong on your dinner table.

Photo by Heath Ceramics

12. Heath Ceramics Side Bowl

This side bowl was created in Heath’s Sausalito, California studio in collaboration with Alice Waters for Chez Panisse back in 2006 (way before blates were the cool kids on the block). Though it’s called a side bowl, I think it’s safe to say that it’s just as useful as a pasta bowl or salad bowl. Food52’s Copy Director Donna Suh calls it “perfect.”

13. Costa Nova Roda Stoneware Portuguese Dinnerware

“These are what I have at home, and love ’em very much,” says Roolaart.

Photo by Mason Cash

14. Mason Cash

“I have the Mason Cash “plowls” and love them dearly. As an Indian, I'm not used to eating out of bowls, unless they’re the little ones that accompany a plate (thali style), but I find myself reaching for these everyday! I constantly feel like I’m cheating on my numerous dinner plates…am I a monster?,” says Food52’s Senior Content Lead Arati Menon. “Oh, I should mention how reasonably priced they are!”

Photo by Helen Levi

15. Helen Levi Ocean Bowls

Food52’s Customer Care Operations Manager Erin Sanders loves these low bowls, which used to be carried in the Food52 shop. “I'm with Alexis, and eat everything except pizza out of mine!” she says.

Are you on board with blates? Let us know which set you’re coveting in the comments below!

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Gail R. December 27, 2022
I have been a HUGE BELIEVER in the risotto bowl (in my case, they're the EXACT items mentioned in the body of this piece!) for a few years now. They work perfectly for risottos, stews that aren't too liquidy, heavier chilis, rice, pasta, salads, etc. I only use actual bowls for soups! As mentioned in the comments, they take a bit of getting used to for dishwasher cleaning, tho. I tend to space them apart w an extra tine, or lay them out in the top rack, but my husband stacks them like bowls in the bottom, and they don't always come clean.
FoodLuv December 22, 2022
I love this idea but can this shape load into the dishwasher as easily as a plate? Has anyone loaded a big batch of these into the dishwasher?
Emily S. December 22, 2022
I have a big set of Gien china soup plates (shaped like the coupe that she describes in the article) and I’ve never had trouble loading them all in my dishwasher after a dinner party. Perhaps you’ll need to experiment with how you angle them and arrange them, but if you tilt them, I don’t think there’s any reason they shouldn’t fit between the tines in a standard dishwasher. No more difficult than fitting bowls in a dishwasher!
FoodLuv December 22, 2022
Thank you! I’m now super motivated. 😀
Sarah B. December 26, 2022
I have a set of these and I can only fit 3 in my dishwasher at once, and I have to choose between these and plates. We use them a lot, but I end up washing them by hand most of the time because 3 dishes take up about 40% of the bottom rack of my dishwasher.
Emily S. December 22, 2022
Haven’t we always used dishes like these and called them soup plates or pasta bowls? I agree that they are fun to eat out of, but I do not agree with calling them “blates.” Even all the retailers that the author has linked to have used other (more attractive) names for these dishes!!!! 😆
CydVic December 22, 2022

I love these Mora blates from Amazon! Affordable, sturdy & gorgeous! Agree to all- blates rule!
riceball December 17, 2022
For those who are more privy to plates but want some depth for sauces, etc Heath’s rimline that was created for restaurants is great. The sides curve up just slightly to keep liquids at bay, or to coax rice or pasta onto forks or spoons. The smaller salad plate size is very useful for every day smaller portion meals. Meanwhile the large size is great for piling on Thanksgiving dinner while not risking any sauce spillage. They have a nice substantial heft without being too heavy and like all Heath, are ergonomic, stackable, durable and, clean and dry easily. https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/rim
Nicole R. December 16, 2022
I adore a blate (and have noticed my more traditional husband has recently started choosing to eat from them too). I splurged on the Sylvia Oatmeal Pasta Plate made by Eric Bonnin. So functional but also beautiful!
Kristin M. December 16, 2022
We love our Corelle pieces. The Versa meal bowl is as light and thin as bone china but affordable and almost indestructible. https://www.corelle.com/product/winter-frost-white-30-ounce-versa-meal-bowl
Bonnie B. December 13, 2022
Can we get the diameter of each bowl? Capacity in ounces really doesn't do it for me without width.
Cosmic L. April 3, 2022
I bought a set of Kaloh stoneware pasta bowls from West Elm a couple of years ago and have hardly touched my other dinnerware since. They contain food perfectly while still allowing ample room for entree and sides without anything feeling or looking squished. They’re pasta bowls, though. “Blate” is the “fetch” of dinnerware.
Carolyn L. March 30, 2022
My family frequently reaches for "blates" that I purchased in Paris sometimes around 2002-2004. We originally used them for pasta. A white bowl is from Bodum, and a blue striped bowl is from Guy Degrenne. I'm happy to see the new options as these older ones are no longer available!
Jackie M. March 29, 2022
Just got some MadeIn dinner bowls. Beautifully crafted. Move my plates out of the kitchen.
bev S. December 12, 2022
Ditto!!! Made In bowls are stunning perfection!
Rose C. December 16, 2022
Same! Love my MadeIn bowls. Use them for most everything now:-)
Patricia M. March 27, 2022
I love using my “blates”
Use first time the other night with string beans mashed potatoes and lamb chops
I purchased mine at target. Prices is right! The only thing is they are a bit heavy. Might want to mention how the others are weight wise.
I thought I can use blates and chopsticks to cut down in utensils and dinner wear.
D.E. March 27, 2022
For years, I've eaten out of my Le Creuset Wok Bowls which are great for some foods as I use them quite often. I eat pasta dishes, Southeast Asian stir fry and curry dishes, and other dishes out of them. However, I'll never switch over to only Blates as I need different dish ware for different types of food. I can't get fish tacos into a Blate. I picked up a few extra Le Creuset Wok Bowls for a friend a few years ago as there was a special at the Le Creuset outlet here in Los Angeles. But, they can be found on e-Bay now. I paid in the $30. range for some of mine at the outlet. I first bought one at regular price to try it out and then stocked up on more at a lower price.
Jennifer March 27, 2022
My favorite bowls for serving and eating most meals out of are from Middle Kingdom. They’re beautiful and I feel like I’m Alice Waters when I eat from them! I have every color.
Fred R. March 27, 2022
A bit of giggle here, as my wife at 80 and me at 83 have made a bowl our “eating style” for years. Any cuisine works; in the morning for all day, and a mixed salad at night. Best to all.
Sharon R. March 27, 2022
These are what always have been called "soup plates ". Nothing new, just a terrible re-name
Emily S. December 22, 2022
yes! You are right, Sharon! I noticed that every retailer selling these dishes calls them pasta bowls or low rim bowls, etc. They do not seem to be embracing this re-name! 😆
H G. March 27, 2022
Try Mrs Lion’s kitchen for Asian noodle bowls. Many are blare-like with beautiful designs. We use them for everything
Dani March 27, 2022
I have two different sets of low bowls, and use them both instead of plates and as serving bowls, but I would never get rid of my dinner plates. Anything that needs to be eaten with a knife and fork is more accessible out of a flat plate. This is a fad, and people will regret getting rid of their flat plates.
Nicole P. March 24, 2022
I’m shocked that Fable pasta bowls didn’t make the list. I gave them as a wedding gift because of the blush color. The bride told me that when she opened she felt like… did I really need new bowls? But then they used them. Literally, they use them every night for dinner unless they have to use a plate. I’ve bought them now myself and they’re perfect.
Kelly V. March 24, 2022
Those are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
jklinsm March 22, 2022
I have the hue blates (and plates and bowls) - I love the idea of them and all the things you mentioned plus I use them a lot for serveware - my only complaint is that they don’t fit in the dishwasher very well. Our dishwasher is not designed for these so I end up using them less.
Kelly V. March 24, 2022
Ugh the dishwasher issue is real...but beauty is pain! :)