February 19, 2019

Go Bento – Affordable Everyday Japanese Food

Next to Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants are also ever-present in major places in the country. Excluding our own Filipino food, Japanese cuisine is the top one on my list of international cuisines that I love and will love forever.  I’ve never met a Japanese food that I didn’t like. I can’t even remember a moment where I got disappointed, I mean, even the California maki from Family Mart makes me happy.

BGC is now considered one of the foodie destinations in the metro because of the numerous restaurants and food stalls that you’ll find in almost every street and every corner. But let’s be honest, BGC isn’t the place you would want to go for affordable eats. If you’re working or living in this area, and if you don’t earn a 6-digit monthly salary, eating out could be very expensive. If you’re on a budget you have fewer options like bringing your own food to work, eating at your office cafeteria or find the closest fast food.

Every time I get off work, I pass by Bonifacio High Street to reach Market Market where I would usually find my ride home. And I always see this place named Go Bento along 9th Avenue and I always tell my office mate that we should try that one out one of these days before going home, like say on a Friday night or if it’s payday. Fortunately for me, I got dragged along by other foodie friends to try Go Bento out one Wednesday for a quick late lunch.

Go Bento is all about serving delicious and freshly cooked meals for a quick fix of your Japanese food cravings. It's your everyday Japanese food and is even one of the most affordable restaurants in Bonifacio High Street. It takes after the idea of Japan’s Bento boxes wherein you can bring your food anywhere. What’s great about the food choices at Go Bento is that no meal or dish go above 200 bucks! So it’s perfect for regular lunches while at work.

Bento is a Japanese term for a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves. There are somewhat comparable forms of boxed lunches in Asian countries including the Philippines (baon), Korea (dosirak), Taiwan (biàndāng in Mandarin and “piān-tong” in Taiwanese) and India (tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.

Go Bento used to be just a small place where you can grab-and-go your fave Japanese food, but now it’s bigger with lots of seating areas. The ambiance is no fuss with a counter for you to pay as you order. Scenes of Japan decorate the walls of the store with hues of green, white and gray all over. At the end of the store is their spacious kitchen wherein you can peek through as your orders are being freshly prepared.

Gyoza Platter
California Maki Platter
Mixed Tempura Platter
Chicken Katsu Platter

We tried their Party Platters To Go which are perfect for your office team lunch or potlucks (or any party or potluck for that matter). These party platters are available for 3-5 pax, 6-8pax and for 10-12pax. Available platters are: California Maki Platter; Gyoza Platter; Chicken Katsu Platter and Mixed Tempura Platter. 

Crunchy Tuna Maki

Spicy Salmon Maki

We also got to try their rolls: Spicy Salmon Maki and Crunchy Tuna Maki. Both were such treats to eat. The tuna had a great texture to it but I have to say, I love the salmon better even though it’s a bit spicy for my liking.

Of course, we had to try their rice meals, and these were what riled me up so much hahaha! Their rice meals come with miso soup by the way, I just had to say that first in case I forget. They have several rice meals/bento boxes but the ones that we tried were the Chicken Karaage, Beef Misono, Chicken Katsu, and Pork Katsu I love that the karaage and katsus have light and well flavored coatings. All the meat was tender and juicy. But everyone agreed that the best one of them all was the Beef Misono. Even though it was already cold by the time we got to eat them, the beef still tasted so good!

And as if we weren't full enough, we also tasted their ramens: Pork Tonkotsu and Chicken Tonkotsu. Both have equally warming broths but we all voted that the chicken was tastier than the pork. I don't know how that came about , but it is what it is.

Pork Tonkotsu
Chicken Tonkotsu

As for the dessert, we got to try Go Bento’s Milky Cheese Soft Serve ice cream that can be ordered in a cup and on a cone. I love the ice cream and so did everyone else. The taste of the ice cream was more on the milky side than the salty cheese taste. The cheese flavor was subtle yet it has a yummy and lingering after taste.

Finally, I have tried what Go Bento has to offer and I totally enjoyed every dish! Good thing that it’s a just a few minutes’ walk from where I work. So I’m pretty sure I’ll frequent that place and bring along my co-workers too!

> 9th Avenue, BGC High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
> Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Go Bento Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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