It’s a bowl, it’s a plate, it’s a blate—a perfect combination with more uses than we can count. If you don't own any blates, your dinnerware collection is not complete.
Recently, we're seeing an influx of "bowls that sort of look like plates that are sort of like bowls" on our FYPs. It seems decor enthusiasts on TikTok are obsessed with the low bowls, and now, so are we.
Not only are pasta bowls (or dinner bowls, or blates, or whatever you want to call them) pretty, since the raised edges can reveal a pattern or pop of color, but they’re practical, too. Blates simply make sense, since they offer a wide, flat bottom and raised edges to capture liquids, which makes carrying them between the kitchen and your dining area all the easier. Plus, how else would you plate your beloved bouillabaisse recipe?
Marie Joh, head of merchandising at The Six Bells, is a fan of bowl plates for both their versatility and functionality.
“Beyond pasta, plates with raised edges are great for risotto, kitchari, grits, and pretty much anything that can be described as creamy, soupy, or porridge-y,” she says. “A pasta bowl comes with the ideal built-in bumpers.”
Another benefit to blates: they’re easy to store and can serve double duty as serving dishes. If you’re short on open shelving or kitchen cabinet space, low bowls can save you serious space, too. Instead of owning a stack of bowls and another of plates, you could downsize to one set of blates.
“Owning a full set of bowls and plates takes up crucial cabinet space,” Haley Seidel, The Citizenry’s vice president of design and development, says. “A bowl-plate is perfect for small space living because you only need one set for all your serving needs."
How many bowl plates should you own? That depends on how many guests you generally host. Seidel recommends starting with four if you generally cook for one or two. Bump that number up to eight if you typically host four or six people.
“Maybe I’m biased, but you can’t have too many,” Joh says.
We agree. To get your blates collection started, scroll on to see a few of our favorite designs.
Anthropologie Levi Pasta Bowls
Forget owning plates and bowls. With a set of these glazed stoneware pasta bowls from Anthropologie, you’ll never chase a slippery noodle off your plate again. They come in sets of four and boast a slightly rustic look, which makes them feel one-of-a-kind. Choose from one of four soft colors (white, beige, light blue, or lilac), or mix and match them.
Y YHY Pasta Large Salad Serving Bowls
Name any dish, and chances are, it’d fit perfectly in these hand-crafted pasta bowls from Amazon. Everything about them is classic, from their neutral hues to their practical shape and durable glaze. Since they’re chip-resistant, you don’t have to be too precious while stacking them either. They’re simple, stunning, and would be a solid addition to your dinnerware collection.
Threshold Stoneware Tilley Dinner Bowls
For a budget-friendly introduction to blates, snag a few of these dinner bowls from Target. They’re available in navy and bronze, which would give your existing dinnerware a subtle dose of color without looking too out of place.
Not sure how many you’ll need? These bowls are sold individually, so you can start with a pair before committing to a set. They’re microwave- and dishwasher-safe too, so for lunch, you can load them up with leftovers and then stick them in the dishwasher before your early afternoon meeting.
Our Place Midi Bowls
Buy a set of these Midi Bowls from Our Place, and you’ll be wondering where they’ve been your whole life. They’re hand-glazed with a scratch-resistant interior, so there’s no need to be precious with your fork and knife, plus, they feature a pretty satin exterior finish. These are a no-brainer for any dinnerware collection.
Good luck narrowing down which of the five colorways is your favorite though. They’re all winners, but the dusty beige gets our vote.
New York Stoneware Hand-Thrown Rustic Ceramic Pasta Bowls
Blates don’t get much more special than this handmade ceramic stoneware style. They’re hand-thrown in the Bronx by artist William Reardon, and are available in four hues: black, orange, denim, and ivory. They’re microwave and dishwasher-friendly too, so you’ll be bound to reach for them day after day, meal after meal. If you’re tight on space, keep in mind that since these blates have handles, they don’t nestle as efficiently as other designs.