A bowl is a round open top or closed container used to serve eatables. They are mostly small and shallow except salad bowls or bowls used to serve punch. Bowls are an important part of a crockery set and are available in various designs and materials such as plastic, ceramic, metal, wood and other materials. Bowls are used to serve dessert or even soup. It can also be used as a side dish for a gravy. Each of these bowls look different from the other and are used for different purposes. Soup bowls are wider mouthed than a dessert bowl.