A day before 2016 ended, my family visited Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. I spotted this really cute cafe in Solenad mall and I couldn’t help but get excited when I saw the word BENTO. 🙂
oh, Bento! Cafe By Kat Ishizuka just recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. Kat Ishizuka, the owner, launched oh, Bento! out of her love for food and creativity. We actually have the same reason why we started making bento boxes — our kids were picky-eaters so we need to find some ways to get them to eat a variety of food.
When I entered the cafe, I could only utter the words OMG for like a hundred times before I calmed down. oh, Bento! Cafe has a cute and sweet appeal that made my heart go ‘AWW’.
The small cafe is a celebration of all things kawaii: the culture of cuteness. 🙂 My timing was so off lang 🙁 — I couldn’t get myself to order food because we just had a feast at Kenny Rogers Roasters before we got there (my in-laws’ treat).
They have bento tools and accessories for sale. I literally died of excitement. Uhm, I meant that figuratively, LOL.
The items in oh, Bento are Japan-made. There were molds, picks, cutters, and even food coloring! The prices of molds are a little steep for me, around PhP 1,000 (and honestly I haven’t bought a bento accessory that’s higher than PhP 500) but the smaller items like food picks are quite affordable naman, PhP 150 each.
I wanted to buy the ones that I don’t have yet — every single one of them — but I have a limited budget for my ‘capricho’ and I don’t want to end the year broke. So to make myself feel A LITTLE BIT better (harhar), I said to myself, ‘1 item and I’ll go.’ ONE ITEM and I already felt like I’m on top of the world.
Yes, that’s how retail therapy works for me. 🙂
I’m happy that this bento partition/separator set has joined my Happy Kalat team. Most of my bento stuff are bought from Saizen and Japan Home, and also from a kawaii online shop Megumhi. I just might let you take a peek at my bento tools collection soon. 🙂
Back to the cafe.. the customers can fiddle with toys/games that await them. What a great idea to keep customers happy while they wait for their food. 🙂
The FOOD! Their oh, Bento!s menu is perfect for the kids and kids at heart! They have Chicken & Rice, Sweet Spaghetti, Mantou Burgers & Fries, Pancakes, and Pizza. You can also make your own bento, DIY style, for an additional PhP 25.
They also have a selection of Japanese bentos: Shrimp Tempura, Chicken BBQ (Yakitori), Fish Fry, Shrimp Fry, Breaded Pork (Tonkatsu), Pork Roll, Ginger Pork (Shogayaki), Beef Rice Topping (Gyudon), Pork & Egg Rice Topping (Katsudon) and Chicken & Egg Rice Topping (Oyakodon).
I can’t believe I missed my chance to try their food. 🙁 When you visit Nuvali make sure you drop by this kawaii and kid-friendly cafe. They also accept party reservations for those who want to serve too-cute-to-eat meals for their guests. 🙂
oh, Bento! Cafe by Kat Ishizuka
3F Solenad 3/Cinema Building, Ayala Malls Nuvali