1170 N Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29607
Mon-Thurs: 11AM – 9PM, Fri & Sat: 11AM – 10PM, Sun: 11AM – 8PM
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Perfect for: Takeout, casual lunch, inventive sushi
Menu: Sushi and Hibachi
Bar/Drinks: Soft Drinks and Ramune (Japanese soda)
Good to Know: Bento Boys is new, so the interior of the building isn’t extremely lavish, but don’t let that deter you. The food more than makes up for the lack of ambiance.
Parking: Bento Boys is located in a strip mall, so there is ample parking.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
I can hear your objections now: “ANOTHER sushi place? Aren’t there like a million?” Yes, there are a million, but have you had sushi? When it is done right (and Bento Boys does it oh so right) then there is nothing better. It is fresh, crunchy, spicy, creamy, refreshing, and satisfying. If you are a sushi lover, it is hard to beat the taste of an expertly wrapped roll, or a finely sliced nigiri. It is an added bonus when a restaurant also offers incredible hibachi along with their sushi, you really can’t beat it.
When my coworker told me that he knew of a new sushi/hibachi place opening named Bento Boys, I too admitted some skepticism. I have eaten my fair share of sushi, and by that, I mean I have probably eaten an entire aquarium’s worth of fish, so I thought I had tasted it all. My coworker assured me that this would be a different experience. He personally knew the owner of Bento Boys, and so the service and the food would be a step above. I was convinced. It is never that hard to convince me to eat sushi, but I was convinced.
The day my friend and I went to eat at Bento Boys, it was a pretty gross day. It was raining heavily, and we were actually the only people in the restaurant when we arrived. So, by default, we had undivided attention. Luckily, my friend ordered hibachi, because I am an all sushi kind of guy. By the time my friend and I were ready to order, there were a few other tables of people ordering their own masterpieces. Fun anecdote, my friend ordered his first ever Ramune soda. It is a traditional Japanese soda that to open, you must push a marble into the bottle. It was quite entertaining watching him figure out how to open the soda.
When it was time to order, I had decided on three rolls (I was hungry, don’t judge me). I ordered the Red Rose Roll, Chicken Roll, and Papa Roll. The Red Rose Roll was a roll of tempura shrimp, tuna, jalapeno, and a sweet chili sauce, the Chicken Roll was a fried roll consisting of tempura chicken, avocado, and cream cheese, and the Papa Roll contained shrimp, crab, cream cheese, and eel sauce. So, none of them were truly raw, but they were still sushi. My friend ordered hibachi shrimp and chicken.
As they were placed in front of me, I noticed how beautiful these rolls were. They were works of edible art, that I was eagerly ready to eat. The least traditional, the Chicken Roll, was so creamy and a textural adventure. The chicken was tender and the avocado and cream cheese combined to make a savory flavor that I hadn’t experienced too often. The Red Rose roll was spicy, very spicy. That being said, I loved it. The fresh pop of the shrimp and the heat from the jalapeno really awakened my senses. The sweet chili sauce added another layer to the heat of the roll, and it lent just the right amount of sweetness. The roll was expertly balanced and probably one of the better ones I have had in a long while. Lastly, there was the Papa Roll. Give me all of much cream cheese and I will eat it on anything. Combine it with shrimp and crab and I am in heaven. The eel sauce rounded out the roll with the pungent umami flavor eel sauce fans love. I will say, I am not much of a salt fan, but I could eat eel sauce regularly.
My friend loved his hibachi so much so that he ate all of it. I would say that is a ringing endorsement. I had difficulty eating three entire rolls of sushi (let’s just say this wasn’t the first time my eyes were bigger than my stomach). My friend happily ate my few remaining pieces of sushi, and he commented on how good they were.
I noticed that every person who entered Bento Boys, whether they were ordering take out or staying for their meal, were met with a smile and a friendly greeting. There was one last surprise, right before I got my check. The owner himself brought out two tempura brownies. Now, I am allergic to chocolate, so I couldn’t try this complimentary dessert, but my friend practically inhaled his. Once again, a ringing endorsement. If you are trying to win over new customers, free fried desserts are always a good idea.
Yes, Bento Boys is another sushi place, but it is not ANOTHER sushi place. Their sushi is fresh and flavorful. If you are searching for hibachi, they’ve got you covered on that front too. Their cuisine is Japanese, but they are serving up some true Southern hospitality.