Dish of the week: Bento box at Sho Cho

Harriet Shephard explains why the Sho Cho bento boxes put other lunches to shame

Dish of the week: Bento box at Sho Cho

If you’ve had a long weekend, a late night, or you’re just having a bad day in general, getting through the working day can sometimes feel like a struggle.
It doesn’t help when your lunch is a bit on the sad side, either. A limp salad or soggy sandwich isn’t going to cheer anybody up.

Aside from having great views of the Grand Canal from the terrace, we love Abu Dhabi eatery Sho Cho for it’s fresh sushi, tasty dumplings and other brilliant Japanese dishes.

So when we saw that they had re-introduced the bento box lunch offer, we knew it was going to be a total game changer.

The neatly packed meals come in two different sizes.

Option one provides foodies with a starter of satisfying salty and tangy miso soup, plus a bowl of nutty edamame beans (we’re showing no signs at all of becoming less obsessed with this crunchy snack).

Moving on to the mains, you can choose from a crispy seaweed salad or, if shellfish is more your thing, there’s a tasty calamari salad option, too.

Next you take you pick from chicken, beef, salmon or vegetable teriyaki (there’s no bad choice in our opinion), and to complete your journey through Japanese cuisine, there are six pieces of sushi thrown in for good measure.It’s all finished off with a scoop of sweet and creamy ice cream or refreshing sorbet.

Option two offers an even wider selection of dishes. We know what you’re thinking, how  can it possibly get much better?

Well Sho Cho has also thrown in a choice of fried prawn or vegetable gyoza dumplings, two pieces of fresh salmon sashimi (to be honest, we wish there was an extra 200 pieces of this, it’s really that good) and a bowl of steamed or fried rice.

Plus, instead of the teriyaki, you get a portion of lobster, beef, chicken or vegetables topped with yellow chilli sauce.

Compact lunch boxes featuring a selection of the most delicious Japanese dishes

For the salmon sashimi, it’s seriously addictive stuff

Dhs110 (option one), Dhs131 (option two). Available daily noon-3pm. Souk Qaryat Al Beri,
Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

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