During a trip to Boston a few weeks ago, I was walking through the Toronto airport looking for something to eat. One of the spots that I passed by was Bento Sushi. They are a fast food sushi place that’s apparently got a number of locations throughout North America. While I didn’t visit the spot at the aforementioned Toronto airport, there is another Bento Sushi that’s located at UBC, right next to the Sauder Building. I decided to check the joint out recently. The menu they have seem to be more limited: they have noodles, rice bowls, and of course, various sushi rolls. I got their Rice Bowl with Grilled Chicken and Pork Gyoza.
Rice Bowl with Grilled Chicken ($8.99):
They have several varieties of rice bowls; I had their grilled chicken variety. I’m pretty sure that the food was already premade and reheated in the microwave. The chicken appeared to be white meat and was covered in a teriyaki sauce. It was fairly tender, and I did actually enjoy the teriyaki sauce; however, it just isn’t the same as freshly grilled, skin-on chicken. The rice was fairly good though.
Pork Gyoza ($4.99):
Again, the gyozas were premade and reheated in the microwave. The skin was, of course, not crispy and somewhat gummy in places. I wasn’t a big fan of the pork filling either, which had a pretty strong garlic taste.
I’m generally not particularly picky when it comes to fast food, but I really didn’t enjoy my visit to Bento Sushi. The food was just passable, and the prices weren’t really much cheaper than an actual restaurant with made-to-order fare. I honestly cannot recommend this spot to anyone: quite frankly, I think that McDonalds is a better choice.