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Business is booming at new Town Center eatery

Tokyo Bento Teriyaki Grill opened its new location in the Aliso Viejo Town Center at 26731 Aliso Creek Road.

Since opening on August 19, business has been booming at the new "quick-casual" eatery that specializes in the bento, a convenient and nutritious packaged meal.  Tokyo Bento's menu is based on global flavors melded with a traditional Japanese dish.

Along with the Town Center location, the company has stores in Gardena, Long Beach and Santa Ana. Tokyo Bento is thrilled to be in Aliso Viejo, said company manager Yuki Paish.

"The city is beautiful and is home to many families and businesses, which our brand concept is perfect for," she said.  "Each person can customize their own meal."

Since 2008, the company has operated another restaurant in Irvine called Tokyo Table, a full-service restaurant with more than 100 items on the menu. The new concept Tokyo Bento was created as a way to start a new, fast-casual brand.

"We originally created this concept because we wanted to take a fresh take on teriyaki," Yuki said.  "We created a menu where you can enjoy everyday foods, such as teriyaki chicken, served in an innovative way. Hence, we have a 'build your bento' type of ordering style where customers can choose their choice of base, protein, sauce (all homemade and all our own recipes) and sides."

For its signature teriyaki chicken, the eatery uses a traditional Japanese marinade called shi-koji, which Yuki says makes it moist and succulent. Every meal is served with a choice of one of seven sauces -- Peruvian salsa, garlic aioli, peanut sauce, teriyaki ketchup, wasabi sour cream, edamame hummus, and Sriracha sour cream. Diners can also opt for six different kinds of sides. The restaurant doesn't use any MSG and nothing is deep fried.

"With an open-concept kitchen and welcoming bento builders, we hope that every guest can enjoy watching all of the action in the kitchen," Yuki said.

Tokyo Bento is at 26731 Aliso Creek Road. For more information, visit www.tokyobentousa.com.