I’d Bento- ver back­wards for re­peat

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - The Guide - By John­baker

they might sound.

The mul­ti­plic­ity of flavours and tex­tures plays a de­light­ful havoc with your taste­buds, which ex­plore and en­joy the com­bi­na­tions, while wait­ing for the thrill of a mean lit­tle chili pop­ping up spo­rad­i­cally.

The siege of my stom­ach con­tin­ued with a cou­ple of nibbles at an­other set of starters, be­fore a sec­ond course of duck pan­cake. Al­ways a win­ner

On to the main event. Again, the com­mon­place and the queer were or­dered to­gether. The Thai green curry and chicken in cashew nut sat by Mala chicken ( peanut sauce and chili pasty).

And then there was the down­right bizarre: straw­berry prawns. What sounds like the warped brain­child of He­ston Blu­men­thal looked pretty, but to me it just seemed like two dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties on a plate which didn’t really gel to­gether.

The green curry was lovely, but maybe a lit­tle watery, but­the Mala chicken was be­yond com­plaint, a won­der­ful blend of spices and tex­tures. Def­i­nite win­ner.

Un­for­give­ably we were packed by the end. Rookie mis­takes of or­der­ing too much at the start had ru­ined us.

We looked like a set of bag­pipes, fat and full with limbs splayed.

In to­tal, with desserts and three beers, we paid un­der £ 50. That rep­re­sented ex­cel­lent value in my eyes.

On our night cus­tomer ser­vice was ex­cel­lent. Judg­ing by Tripad­vi­sor re­views this is not al­ways the case but I can only go on what I ex­pe­ri­enced, on a quiet but by no means dead Mon­day night.

We really en­joyed our night and only have a few com­plaints.

There is a lit­tle re­minder that you shouldn’t over or­der, which some might find rude.

And the sweet sec­tion had all the imag­i­na­tion of an Eas­ten­ders Christ­mas spe­cial. Our hazel­nut ice cream was good, but for­get­table.

I could not say it is the great­est Chi­nese I have ever had, but where Im­pe­rial Bento ex­cels is its range of op­tions.

Your old favourites can be ac­com­pa­nied by a few lit­tle un­usual in­ter­lop­ers, and that is the joy of a night here.

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