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These Trendy “Blates” Have Completely Replaced All of My Bowls and Plates (and Kitchn Readers Get an Exclusive Discount!)

published May 12, 2022
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For some reason, food tastes better in a bowl. I think it has to do with being able to get cozy on the couch when you’re eating out of a bowl, rather than needing a flat surface for a plate. As someone who hasn’t regularly eaten dinner at a kitchen table in over a decade, bowls are just easier vessels for any meal, especially when eating dinner on the couch and watching TV with my roommates. Because of these preferences, I’ve been on the lookout for pasta or entrée bowls that have shallow sides and larger, flatter bottoms than a typical bowl so I can use them for just about anything. When I came across The Leeway Dish — an all-purpose “bowl-in-one” with a flat surface and sloped sides — I knew I’d found a winner.

Having had a viral moment earlier this year, “blates” are a cross between a bowl and plate, resulting in a multipurpose dish that you can use for anything from soup to steak. Coming in a set of four, these Leeway bowl-plates have become an instant favorite for just about any meal. And, it doesn’t hurt that Leeway’s version of a blate is gorgeous and feels super luxe no matter what I’m eating! If you want to score a set for yourself — or any of their other offerings — you can do so with an exclusive discount code. Starting today through May 19, use the code Apartment20 at checkout to take 20 percent off orders of $75 or more.

I’ve had my eye on Leeway for quite some time, mostly because of the functional design of their dinnerware. In the past, we’ve written about The Entry Way, their dinnerware set perfect for two, that we loved for anyone with little storage or working with a budget. Leeway makes it easy for you to build your collection as you go because you can either build your own kit of plates, bowls, and glasses to customize your set for your preferences and family size. But they also individually sell sets of each piece in designs that are all quite complementary to each other in case you want to add on down the road.

As someone who lives in a tiny apartment with two roommates, these Leeway dishes couldn’t be more perfect for my space. They measure 9.5 inches in diameter, so they’re large enough for entrees or to even double as a serving dish. However, I’ve found that they’re compact enough for breakfast, lunch, or snacks. So far, I’ve used them for eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, curries, and pasta, plus as a snack bowl when I’m munching on chips or fruit while I’m working. I can honestly say that they’re set to replace my bowls and plates because I’ve yet to touch any other dinnerware since the Leeway dishes arrived!

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I also love the simple yet sleek design of these ceramic plates so much that I look for any excuse to use one. And, the stoneware design, coated with a glossy satin finish, makes the dish extremely sturdy so everything I eat out of it feels a little bit fancier, even if it’s just a sandwich! I’ve also found that the smooth surface allows for easy cleanup, even if I leave it in the sink with food on it for an entire day. Sauces have wiped right off after just a quick wipe down with a sponge.

What’s more is I can see this dish being effective while cooking, too. The next time I make French toast or need to bread anything, I’m definitely going to use these shallow bowls. They’ll contain the mixtures well while being shallow enough to move food in and out of with no mess.

With four Leeway dishes in a set, it’s the perfect number for anyone who lives alone or with their partner. And while I’m partial to the white bowls with colorful stripes, they also offer five different shades of solids that will look decorative but not obtrusive on any dinner table. Whether you want to declutter your assortment of dinnerware or you’re just looking for a fun addition to your table, the Leeway Dish is a versatile option that you’ll want to use all the time!