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Sushi Bento

December 16, 2007

Like usual on the weekends, we just had to have our sushi fix! The only difference this time is that I actually didn’t feel like dining out! So we decided to order from the new Sushi joint on Main Street – Sushi Bento!

Not having written down their number when I drove by last week, we decided to just walk in and order our take out. It’s a quaint place with one large table (that seats about 8 not so comfortably) in the front and another table towards the back (that seats 4). There are also some stools at the sushi bar and in the back. Decor is typical Japanese with paper lamps and umbrellas, and pictures depicting Asian scenes.

While we waited we were offered some hot tea on the house, which we graciously accepted. We struck up a conversation with the server/cashier, who introduced herself as Kim. She was very polite and, after having asked my man of his nationality, we learned that she, and the owners/chefs are also Korean. I noted that while we were certified sushi lovers, we felt there was a need for real Korean food in the area. She gave us some great suggestions in the Edison area.

As our food was being prepared and bagged, she asked if we would like some kimchi on the house! Naturally my man is not one to turn down kimchi so he said “Sure!”. We were also given complimentary California rolls just for waiting. How nice!

Here’s what we had:

  • House salad & miso soup (1 for each of us)
  • 1 order appetizer Sushi (5 pieces)
  • 1 order Age Dashi Tofu (deep fried tofu)
  • 1 order Sashimi regular (10 pieces)
  • 1 order Diamond roll (inside: crab meat, avocado & cucumber; outside: salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and masago)
  • 1 order Dragon roll
  • 1 order “No Name” roll (inside: eel, cucumber, masago; outside: avocado)
  • 1 order Philadelphia roll
  • 1 order California roll (as noted above)
  • small kimchi (not on the menu, so I’m not sure if they always have it)

Yes, that’s A LOT of food! We definitely had leftovers today. Anyways, ALL of that for only $55!!!!! The price alone was enough to wow. All rolls, even the special rolls, are under $10. All dinners are under $12.95. The most expensive item on the menu is the “Sushi Bento Chef’s Special” and you have two choices: A. $45.00 and B. $90.00. Not sure what all is included in that… but I can guess it’s enough to feed a small army.

But, you ask, how does it taste? Overall not bad at all. We’ve certainly had better and most definitely had worst. I’d say it’s your run of the mill sushi. But for the value, convenience, and most definitely the service, I’d say it’s a good deal! So if you’re looking for good sushi at a good price, seriously consider Sushi Bento.

They also offer FREE DELIVERY on a minimum $20 order. I’m sure we’ll be hitting that up some time.

Sushi Bento gets 4 out of 5 stars! Especially for value and service!

Here’s the lowdown:
Sushi Bento
129 Main Street
Matawan, NJ
732-290-0110

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm

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5 comments

  1. yes!! sushi bento!!!
    husband and i both take the train into the city for work, and when we passed sushi bento the other night we knew we had to try it out(mahzu’s just horrible, and overpriced, and also horrible… not going into further detail).
    we were the only customers at sushi bento the night we went (wednesday), so of course we were waited on hand and foot. my husband is a veg, so he was thrilled to see some really creative rolls on the menu. they comped us soup and salads, and when our veg tempura appetizer came out we were happy to see it wasn’t drowning in heavy, oily batter. it was light and yummy. the sushi was fresh and delicious, too. best part: the chef came by with three pieces of sushi for us, all made with brown rice! we didn’t request them, he just made them because he felt like it :)
    when we asked for the check, the waiter brought us each a cup of cool cinnamon ginger tea (sounds strange, but it was oddly tasty). whole tab: $33.
    nothing tastes better than cheap!!
    this is my new favorite local sushi place. it’s slightly divey, but the service and food are great.


  2. Hey Elise,

    Thanks for commenting! Yeah Sushi Bento ain’t bad at all. We’ll definitely be trying it again, either to dine in or take out/delivery. Glad to hear you had a good experience, too.


  3. Mind sharing the info on the Korean restaurants? In the seven years I’ve lived here in NJ, I haven’t found a good Korean place, yet. I’d love to know where I can find one!


  4. Hey mrsbradley, I honestly don’t remember the names! But I believe she said along Route 1. There’s a thread on this very topic on Chowhound, with some recommendations. Check it out http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490309


  5. they closed down , which makes me realllllly sad.
    cause they were pretty good. and now i dont know where to go to eat good sushi.



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