Thursday, 24 March 2011
Bento Bowl - Lethbridge Centre Mall
This place is in the "Bay" mall, if you don't recognise the address.
The Bento Bowl serves a variety of Asian foods and I had high hopes for a great meal. Unfortunately they were dashed long before I even got to taste the food. We arrived to a long line-up to place our order, and that was only the beginning. We waited over 25 minutes for the food to be served. Yes, it was an off day because they were short handed, but still by the time we got our meals we were already disappointed. The sight of the small portions only made it worse. Todays lunch special was a Vietnamese dish of BBQ chicken on rice noodles. In most Vietnamese restaurants this meal is served in quite a large bowl, but this was probably a third of what is normally served. Now, the food was tasty, but by the time I finally got to eat, it didn't matter any more. I would like to give it a second chance but I am afraid to go back to work hungry again. "J"
As our name implies we are NOMADS. We hit Bento Bowl on a bad day. They were understaffed and it took forever to get in and out of there. A little frustrating but as our name implies, we were NO_MAD. I had the special, which today was Grilled chicken. I had mine on noodles with a spring roll. I was so hungry I could have eaten the south end of a northbound skunk. Now that's hungry! When our number was finally called some 30 mins later my stomach wanted to leap up my throat and throttle my brain! (A little Douglas Adams for your enjoyment). It looked like an appetizer. Hey where's the main course, I thought? Someone's playin a joke on me. No, it was true. I knew I would be leaving the Bento Bowl a little Bento out of shape. On the positive side; cause there is always a positive side, the staff (2) that were there were very friendly and efficient despite 3 of the staff being away. I do give them credit for that. But I have to be honest and say that the value here is not good. For the same price I can go elsewhere and have to be carried out on a stretcher cause I'm so full. I know, you're probably thinking that I sound like a supersize me kind a guy, but I'm not. I'm average build, brutally handsome, and ...apparently also a dreamer. My wife says she likes me looking "healthy"! That's kind speak for 'you could stand to lose a few pounds'! Anyways, back to Bento Bowl. Today I have to give a 1.5 out of 5. Feed me Seymour! "C"