If you’ve read my previous posts on Bento Sushi, you’ll know that I’ve been indulging in their products on a weekly basis for YEARS now… in fact, no supermarket stop is complete without a tray of their famous “Handcrafted Sushi. Ready to Roll.”
In addition to their fresh, delicious, and always convenient creations, I love that Bento places a keen emphasis on creativity – coupled with quality. In fact, one clear example of their continued appreciation for ingenuity was their recent Bento Iron Chef Competition –
“1,100 Chefs from across Canada showcased their talents and creativity, ultimately leading to one Chef, being crowned the Iron Chef Champion. The competition required supreme skill, exact precision, and flawless execution.”
I sighed about 16 times while watching that video. (Mmmm…) Congratulations to Chef Zi Zong Chen – the very first Bento Sushi Iron Chef Champion! Well deserved, I’m sure :)
Now if you’re a Bento Sushi lover like me (and how can you not be?), you’ll want to indulge in their latest Limited Edition Sushi Spring Rolls: Coconut Tempura Shrimp Roll, Seven Spice California Roll and Seven Spice & Coconut Tempura Sushi Combo. The rolls will only be available until June 2, 2012 – you’ve got exactly two months to devour the delicious goodness!
I was very fortunate to receive their latest offerings for review (when have I ever turned down free sushi? That would be never!) and was only too excited to share them with my husband, another sushi lover. In fact, we stole a peek of the new rolls while grocery shopping, and almost bought a tray before the review items arrived. #obsessed
Since a big part of the sushi experience is feasting your eyes on the beauty and precision of the handcrafted delicacies, I present to you the following #foodporn:
The most obvious update to the Limited Edition rolls was the substitution of rice paper for traditional seaweed. The light, neutral flavouring of the rice paper served well to balance the more fiery nuances from the Himitsu sauce, and I took an immediate liking to the seven spice blend, which further amplified the intense flavour of the rolls. The heat tickles your palette and is a welcome diversion from the normally tame California and Shrimp Tempura rolls.
Overall, I am quite pleased with Bento’s Sushi Spring Rolls and encourage everyone to try them before June – the convenience of the Sushi Combo tray allows you to sample both offerings and savour the familiar, classic nigiri as well (my ultimate comfort food). As always, Bento Sushi is incredibly affordable – as witnessed by the $5.99 price tag for the Seven Spice California Roll.
Good to know: “The very best food shouldn’t just taste good, it should make you feel good, too. That’s why our goal is to provide you with great tasting sushi in the most sustainable, responsible manner possible. We work with SeaChoice – a group of internationally respected Canadian conservation organizations including The David Suzuki Foundation and others – to use sustainable fish and seafood wherever possible. That means our sushi can be traced from its source to your plate, so you know that if you’ve ordered tuna, for example, you’re actually eating tuna.”
Love it. A company that produces delicious, high quality food while keeping a conscience. It’s vitally important for us to consider the impact we have on our oceans and the (often yummy) species that live in them – isn’t it wonderful to know that you have a choice? And that Bento makes it easy to make the right one?