StarNews Shares Bento Box’s “Hidden Gems”

StarNews Shares Bento Box’s “Hidden Gems”

Earlier this year, Ashley Morris of StarNews met with Chef Lee Grossman to discuss what she called our menu’s hidden gems. Here’s an excerpt: “Years ago Grossman worked with a Thai woman in the kitchen, Mama Kim. Grossman said she taught him how to make Pad Ka Pow and he always thought the recipe he learned from her was the classic dish. ‘I thought this was pretty much the national version of it until I got to Thailand and saw Pad Ka Pow everywhere, but it wasn’t her version,’ he said. ‘Her version was just from her small region, but I ate Pad Ka Pow just about everywhere we went from night markets to gas stations.’ Chef Lee said he salivates just talking about how the version he has created at the restaurant (true to the national style) is made with Heritage Farms pork, stir-fried in a blend of oyster and soy sauces along with beans, Thai basil, garlic and Thai chili all served over steamed Jasmine rice. A fried, runny egg is placed on top for added flavor.” Read the whole article describing more of our delicious, personally curated dishes on...
Bento Box Included on Our State Magazine Destination Dining Guide

Bento Box Included on Our State Magazine Destination Dining Guide

Did you know The Bento Box was featured in Our State Magazine’s Destination Dining Guide: Eastern North Carolina? “Along the coast, much of the seafood you’ll encounter is of the fried variety, but at The Bento Box, Chef Lee Grossman showcases fish in its purest, most unadulterated form. Take a front-row seat at the sushi bar and watch him create plate after plate of seafood perfection. One question — What’s fresh? — will guide your order, and soon you’ll be dining on delicate slices of yellowfin tuna from the Outer Banks or paper-thin slices of wahoo caught just a few miles away. The Catch of the Day Tempura Roll — lightly-fried seafood rolled with avocado and lettuce, and wrapped in a paprika soy sheet — will never disappoint.” Thank you for the inclusion on this list of stellar restaurants across southeastern North Carolina, Our State!...
Thanks for the great reviews!

Thanks for the great reviews!

We love these reviews on TripAdvisor! Bming50 of Pompano Beach, Florida: “This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Wilmington. Fun atmosphere with an open Sushi Bar where you can sit if you choose . The bar is great place to eats as well and Danielle is my go to person behind the bar. The food is amazing. The salmon comes from an organic farm in Scotland. I love everything about this place.” birdieman503 of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania: “Tried this place last night based on the $100 sushi review. It was everything we hoped for on our first sushi trip in Wilmington. Sat at the sushi bar so got to enjoy not only the food but the masters working their trade. Food was outstanding, help couldn’t have been better and the other guests were friendly as well Give it a try. Oh, BTW, packed on a Wednesday night.guests were friendly as well.” Weyden of Poughkeepsie, NY: “Wilmington should have better restaurants than it does — it has a lot of 3-star restaurants with serviceable food and 4-star restaurants with notable food. But it has very few really good restaurants, and the Bento Box is one of the best. We went last night. As we usually do, we sat at the bar and asked the owner-chef to prepare us (my wife and I) a $100 plate of sushi — his choice (although we did tell him to avoid a few items and to please include a salmon roe). The results were delicious. He put a different sauce on each one, which worried me at first because I tend to be a purist (or...
The Bento Box Makes Best of Wilmington List 2016

The Bento Box Makes Best of Wilmington List 2016

We are proud to have made Wilmington Magazine’s 2016 “Best of Wilmington” list for the Sushi category. “Wilmington natives dig this trendy Asian fusion lounge characterized by its Zen interior, posh bar, and wildly fresh sushi. Even first-time diners admit that Chef Lee rolls the best in town. Get your chopsticks ready for modernized traditional bites (like Lobster Tempura) as well as specialty offerings like soy-wrapped Alaskan King Crab.” The Bento Box was also the runner-up in the Sushi category on the 2015 list! Of the annual list, Wilmington Magazine says, “Our annual Best of the Best takes the many opinions of our readers (thousands, in fact) and condense them into one assemblage of the best places to dine, to shop and to enjoy the Port City’s...
Restaurant Review: The Omnivoyeur Blog

Restaurant Review: The Omnivoyeur Blog

Thanks for the great review on your blog, Kharin Gibson! “On most visits to Bento Box, I find myself gravitating toward the wave-like sushi bar, undoubtedly the focal point of the restaurant.  I’m always awed by the quick precision of the sushi preparers as they chop, slice and dice ingredients with a hint of aloofness but yet still very ready to engage in conversation, should the chance arise.” “Creative elegance is certainly served up consistently at Bento Box.  I’ve never once been disappointed with the sushi or the service.  Chef Lee runs a tight ship, presiding over a great staff, and with reverence for outstanding customer service. Chef Lee brings a level of sophistication and conscientiousness that spill over into the overall ambience of the restaurant and certainly into his deep devotion for his craft.” Read the whole post at The Omnivoyeur Blog. (Photo credit: Matt McGraw Photography)...
Bento Box Proud Partner of Wilmington Today

Bento Box Proud Partner of Wilmington Today

Have you seen our feature on the Wilmington Today website? “Sit at the Bento Box Sushi Bar to watch the masters at work. Consider the signature Delicious Roll, made with either spicy tuna or salmon twirled with avocado, seaweed salad, wasabi tobikko, sesame seeds and crisp tempura crumbles. Two Bento Box signature hot sauces come on the side. The Totally Tuna suits those watching their carbs. Tuna, avocado, wasabi tobikko and sesame soy are wrapped in a thin cucumber sheet, all served with ponzu sauce. The Killer Carrot roll has asparagus, scallions, avocado and shredded carrot with spicy kolchijan, the production drizzled with chili oil. Choose numerous rice less and vegetarian rolls. Gluten-free soy sauce is available. Any roll is delicious, but better yet, ask owner/chef Lee Grossman to prepare something ‘Omakase’ meaning ‘Chef’s choice’ in Japanese.” Read the whole feature on...