Wild scenes as popular Aussie restaurant secretly launches in New York - as local fans slam the chain for sharing 'their' place with Americans

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An Australian restaurant has caused havoc in New York City as hundreds race to see what all the fuss is about.

Takeaway eatery Fishbowl, which started in Bondi in 2016 opened its first international store in New York in April under the name ThisBowl.

Since its opening, Americans have been lining up around the block to try the brand's healthy salad bowls and see if it lives up to the hype.

TikTok and Instagram have been flooded with videos as more and more foodies hit up the Aussie import and some show dozens crowding the entrance of the Bleecker Street store.

Model Georgia Fowler, wife of Fishbowl founder Nathan Dalah, visited the restaurant and proudly shared footage of the chaos outside.

Americans are going wild and queuing around the block for Aussie-owned takeaway chain Fishbowl after it opened its first New York store under the name ThisBowl. Model Georgia Fowler, wife of Fishbowl founder Nathan Dalah, visited the restaurant and proudly shared footage of the chaos outside

Americans are going wild and queuing around the block for Aussie-owned takeaway chain Fishbowl after it opened its first New York store under the name ThisBowl. Model Georgia Fowler, wife of Fishbowl founder Nathan Dalah, visited the restaurant and proudly shared footage of the chaos outside

Australian woman Ruby who lives in New York wanted to have a taste of home so visited the ThisBowl store but was disappointed to find a line out the door

Australian woman Ruby who lives in New York wanted to have a taste of home so visited the ThisBowl store but was disappointed to find a line out the door

However, the massive hype has annoyed some Australians who have snidely claimed those in New York have 'enough takeaway spots of their own'.

Fishbowl is a favourite among Aussies for its healthy and tasty Asian-fusion salad bowls with 46 sores across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Aussies in New York were keen to try a taste of home when Fishbowl was established in New York but have been complaining about not being able to get a foot in the door because of the queues .

They also have taken issue with the eye-watering $17USD or $25AUD price per bowl.

Others have been questioning whether the style of food ThisBowl serves is really an Australian invention but the owner was quick to dispel any concerns.

Australian woman Ruby who lives in New York wanted to have a taste of home so visited the ThisBowl store but was disappointed to find a line out the door.

Aussies have been complaining about not being able to get a foot in the door because of the queues as well as the eyewatering $17USD or $25AUD price per bowl

Aussies have been complaining about not being able to get a foot in the door because of the queues as well as the eyewatering $17USD or $25AUD price per bowl

Americans are obsessed with Australian-owned takeaway chain Fishbowl which has opened in New York under the name ThisBowl. Customers are lining up around the block for a salad bowl

Americans are obsessed with Australian-owned takeaway chain Fishbowl which has opened in New York under the name ThisBowl. Customers are lining up around the block for a salad bowl

'It's huge here and everyone keeps talking about it and I'm like it's OURS. New York, you have all your own s***, leave me to Fishbowl,' she ranted.

Aussie expat Simona had similar thoughts.

'Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of rage I have felt over the past week watching Americans post TikToks about trying Fishbowl aka ThisBowl for the first time in New York,' she said.

''I got mine with avocado, I really highly recommend it, you guys, it's so fresh'. We know. We invented it, it's ours.'

Australian woman Ruby who loves in New York ranted: 'It's huge here and everyone's talking about it and I'm like it's OURS. New York you have all your own s***, leave me to Fishbowl'
Australians living in New York are claiming Fishbowl as their own but the flack hasn't stopped Americans from raving about the tasty Asian-fusion salad bowls

Australians living in New York are claiming Fishbowl as their own but the flack hasn't stopped Americans from raving about the tasty Asian-fusion salad bowls

@rubylilyyyyy

Explain to me why every Australian in NYC right now feels overly protective of Fish Bowl… I just cant qeue for another thing @THISBOWL NYC #newyork #spring #fyp #fypシ #newyorkcity #aussie #fishbowl

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Many disputed Simona's claim the poke-style salad bowls were an Australian 'invention'.

'I'm Aussie but Fishbowl isn't even Australian. poke bowls are Hawaiian,' one woman pointed out.

'Your food is in our city, how about we share?' another hit back.

'When I went by thinking it would be a normal experience and the line was 160 people. I'll just go to Sydney for it,' a third said.

'I mean…It's the same thing as a poke bowl,' a fourth wrote and someone replied: 'How is Fishbowl poke? They are more like salads than poke'.

Fishbowl co-founder Nic Pestalozzi responded to the criticism they had stolen another culture's food to news.com.au.

'Firstly, we're not poke and don't claim to be, poke is from Hawaii, and is a very different style meal to the salads we serve,' he said.

One New York foodie dubbed ThisBowl as the city's 'most viral spot for lunch' and another called it a 'flavour explosion in my mouth'

One New York foodie dubbed ThisBowl as the city's 'most viral spot for lunch' and another called it a 'flavour explosion in my mouth'

'We serve salads, they're full of vegetables, and an array of proteins. Poke is all about raw fish, it's great, but it's not what we do.'

But the flack hasn't stopped Americans from trying and rating ThisBowl.

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One New York foodie dubbed ThisBowl as the city's 'most viral spot for lunch' and loved the 'overflowing bowls of fresh veg, warm sushi rice, salmon crudo miso eggplant all piled high with tones of house-made toppings'.

'People are right in calling this one of the best lunch options and eve quick dinners because we are going to be craving their bowls and can't wait to work through their whole menu, definitely worth the hype,' they said.

Another said they were hesitant to try ThisBowl because of the price which usually costs between $13-$18 in Australia but said the generous serving made it worthwhile.

'RUN DO NOT WALK. I swear to god the flavour explosion in my mouth,' she wrote.

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