Downtown Atlanta just got more delicious.
Bento Hut, a Pan Asian, sushi, and fresh juice bar is now open in the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops at 349 Decatur St.
Head Chef Budi Hardadi (of Sushi Avenue in Decatur and R. Rice in Sandy Springs) brings his unique Dutch-Indonesian background to every dish he creates. We recently spoke with Budi, known by his customers as Chef Buddy, who told us what diners can expect to find at the Bento Hut while we tried some of the dishes he recommended.
First up, was the Chicken Rice Bowl – unlike any rice bowl we have ever had before. This dish provided the perfect example of the Dutch-Indonesian flavor combo. Think coconut butter cilantro lime rice, black beans, sautéed onion and peppers, sweet corn, Asian slaw, and, wait for it, creme fraiche and smoked gouda cheese. We were skeptical at first, but polished off the very generous bowl in no time. The huge portion costs just $6.
Next up we ordered two sushi rolls. $12 and $10 respectfully.
The LOL roll included shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and eel. The Nashville roll grouped smoked salmon, lemon, scallion, cream cheese, and spicy tuna. Beautifully presented, healthy portions, and very tasty. Again, my colleagues and I joined the clean plate club.
Chef Buddy’s friendly staff proceeded to bring us two more dishes to sample:
The Bento Hut Four, a classic bento box with beef yakiniku and chicken katsu provides a complete and varied meal – all for $11.
Finally, (food-wise at least – we haven’t even begun to mention the juices), we sampled the delicious Panang Beef topped with creamy coconut curry and fresh veggies. One word: yum. Another: $8.
As if the flavorful and affordable food options were not enough, Bento Hut houses a full fresh juice bar complete with made-to-order smoothies, cold-pressed juice, and bubble tea. We sampled the Tropical Paradise smoothie, the Mango Mojito smoothie, the Honeydew Bubble tea, and the Crazy of Beauty melon and mango cold-pressed juice. All juice bar offerings are available in 12oz or 16oz sizes and cost $3.50 to $6.50. Get one to go or enjoy it with a friend on one of the restaurant’s couches in the Juice Lounge.
Housed in the space formerly occupied by Chow Bing, Bento Hut’s atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. The restaurant offers delivery within three miles and is available for private parties. The prices and menu offerings (which include gluten-free options) are the same for lunch and dinner.
Bento Hut is open: