Walter Mencken 11 a.m., July 25
Eastlake Sushi: Bento & Noodles
As a new resident of Chula Vista, I’m on the lookout for a go-to sushi joint in my neighborhood. I’d like the option of popping in for a quick lunch, relaxing over an inexpensive dinner, or calling up for take-out. And the fish has to be fresh.
Recently, a co-worker of my husband’s recommended Bento & Noodles, so last weekend, we checked it out. The place is a middle-of-the-road restaurant with fresh fish and relaxed lighting.
During that first visit, I ordered the Asorted Sushi Dinner ($12.99), and M ordered the Bento Box 2-item Combo ($8.99). The bento comes with a green salad, steamed rice, two pieces of California roll, and then a choice of 2 (out of a list of 26) items, from tempura to sashimi to pork cutlets. M went with the with teriyaki chicken and spicy crab sushi. When the food came, I was disappointed to see that his wasabi was the smooth watery-looking stuff that comes from a tube. But before I could come to any conclusions about that, my food arrived, and the wasabi was as it should be, scooped, not squeezed.
Bento Box 2-Item Lunch Combo with salmon sushi and tuna sushi.
My sushi was so yummy, and M raved over his teriyaki chicken so much that I decided to return for lunch with the little one yesterday. She’s a fiend for teriyaki chicken and steamed rice, and steamed rice is one of the few vegetables she’ll eat. For her, I ordered the Kids Meal ($4.29), and for myself, the Bento Box 2-item lunch combo ($7.99) with salmon sushi and tuna sushi. My bento came with the tube wasabi, and the rice wasn’t super fresh (which the little one didn’t mind at all), but again the fish and chicken were both really fresh and delicious.
Kids meal with teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, and steamed broccoli.
The bento boxes seem to be pre-prepared with the rice, wasabi, and salad, which can lead to a not-so-freshness, so I'll probably steer clear of them next time. But all else is worth a return.