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Sushi Bento Express
1258 Robson St, Vancouver
Sushi Bento Express is one of many small and inexpensive take-out-style sushi places on Robson Street, but it recently distinguished itself by winning a contest organized by 3rdWhale.com that challenged sushi restaurants in the West End to become more environmentally sustainable. Its menu now includes a “sustainable choices” section offering gindara (sablefish), albacore tuna, and Alaska wild salmon.
The young owners infuse a refreshing sense of energy to this modest restaurant, and unlike a lot of take-out joints, put a lot of effort into the food presentation. Taste, however is uneven. The miso-marinated gindara is soggy. The albacore tuna, featured in the “tuna love,” a variation of the Philadelphia maki roll, does not stand up to the amount of rich cream cheese, avocado, and spicy sauce used. The rice is dry and the ingredients are not spread evenly over the entire sushi.
Yet for $8.50, you can get a California combo that includes a California roll (with imitation crab made of Alaskan pollock), one wild salmon roll, and one albacore tuna roll. If you are on a shoestring and care about where your sushi comes from, it is hard to beat.