Bento at Benkay Japanese Restaurant a visual and tasty treat
Benkay Japanese Restaurant is revered thanks to its long tradition of quality. Located in the Nikko Hotel, Benkay’s prices are geared for tourists although they still retain a viable local customer base thanks to the consistent excellence of the food and the serene atmosphere.
I was fortunate enough to visit Benkey recently for a private luncheon and order the Benkay Shoukado Bento ($25). This traditional Bento set features a sashimi appetizer, tempura as the deep fried dish, the grilled dish was cod, chawanmushi (savory egg custard), rice, miso soup, oshinko (pickles) and dessert. It’s always a visual and taste experience to eat a well-executed Bento since the presentation, seasonality and taste are all carefully considered. Bento truly is an art form that one must respect and appreciate. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a bento competition? I’d love to be a judge!
The other dish we had was one we shared - Special Nigiri Sushi-Zen ($35). I did manage to get one of the pieces of Uni (sea urchin roe) sushi, along with a shrimp and tuna. I missed getting the Tobiko (flying fish roe). For sushi, it’s better to go to Benkay’s sushi counter to order a la carte. I would have loved to have the hamachi toro!