It's normally $8.99 for a bowl in my area but I received this courtesy of Panera.
Like most Panera entrees, there's a choice of a baguette, chips, or apple. I went with the baguette. It was slightly crusty, chewy, and fairly fresh. I enjoyed it on its own as well as to sop up the broth.
The umami soy-miso broth reminds me a little of a very mellow Thai tom yum soup or a milder version of Korean Shin Ramyun instant noodle broth (looking at the ingredients of the broth bowl, it's described as "Korean broth"). There's a bit of a tang, a slight hint of heat, and a general lightness to it. The broth appears to be vegetarian with a miso base, which means it lacks that savory beef or chicken quality.
The noodles were really nice with a firm, resilient quality to them. Unlike the chicken, they have a neutral flavor that works with the broth just fine.
Overall, Panera Bread's Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Chicken was decent. It feels more like they've taken existing ingredients and tried to shoehorn them with the new broth. Individually, I liked the flavors and the noodles but, for the most part, the dish was less than the sum of its parts. It does feel pretty healthy though, with all the various vegetables.
Nutritional Info - Panera Bread Soba Noodle Bowl with Chicken
Calories - 390 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 1340mg
Carbs - 47g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 31g