Nagomi Bento — Brisbane CBD
Nagomi Bento — Brisbane CBD
Sometimes I envy the way the Japanese and Koreans package up their lunch-time meals into filling bundles of deliciousness.
The benefit of such set-ups is that:
1) Different parts of the meal are kept separate for maximal visual appeal and freshness
2) There is lots of variety in the foods/textures/tastes that you can eat in the same meal
3)It’s super cute.
Nagomi Bento, in the Brisbane CBD along the trendy Eagle St Pier precinct, specializes in these super-awesome Japanese style lunch boxes (“bento”, but perhaps more refined than the picture above)! The menu also features fresh sushi, don buri (rice bowls) and assorted Asian inspired salads (such as teriyaki chicken salad, shitake mushroom & tofu salad etc).
Nagomi’s website is easy to navigate and well designed, making it the first port of call for information regarding their menu and ethos. According to their site, the tenants of the establishment include: freshness, affordability and efficiency (in terms of speedy service, healthier dishes as well as environmentally achieved, for example, by using recycled, biodegradable packaging).
Indeed, the service at Nagomi was exceptionally quick and at the same time the food was delicious, fresh and pretty authentic.
The ambiance is nice with river glimpses and clean, modern tables. The majority of seating is outside undercover, however there is also a limited amount of tables indoors too. During summer, it does get slightly hot dining outside. However, it seems that Nagomi is well equipped for winter trading, with ceiling mounted heaters; enough to take the chill out of al fresco dining.
What We Had?
Sushi selection box ($7.00)
California roll, teriyaki chicken, sesame chicken, raw spicy fish roll, cooked tuna and mayonnaise roll. It was indeed great variety of sushi and the portion size for the price was good.
Teriyaki chicken bento box ($12.90)
great value and lots of variety. Came with grilled teriyaki chicken with plenty of teriyaki sauce, two crab croquette (fried potato and seafood balls), two gyzoya (pan fried Japanese dumplings), salad, potato mash and a bed of rice garnished with pink, crunchy diakon radish and peas. The serving size was decent and provided plenty of different flavours and textures between the crispy salad, the pan fried gyzoya, grilled chicken and the fried croquettes.
Not just your average CBD corner sushi store, Nagomi takes fast, affordable Japanese dining to the next level. The food was delicious and the bentos provide just that little something different which separates Nagomi from other sushi take away stores. The fantastic riverside location adds a glimpse of water views and the staff are both attentive and efficient. Couldn’t ask for much more!
By: Alexander Look
Shop 7, Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Mon – Fri from 11.30am | Fri from 5pm