Fast forward a few years later and I can't get enough of the stuff. Tempura fried, filled with cream cheese, topped with mosago... you name and I will try it. My favorite place, however, is Bento Cafe on Archer Road in Gainesville. They have quick, casual pan-asian cuisine and sushi, according to the cafe's site.
To start, the decor is chic and hip without being overly trendy. Accents of red and stainless steel highlight the cafe, while large television sets let you watch anything from anime to the latest basketball game. Sometimes the line can get a little backed up if you decide to go right in the thick of meal times, but the staff is pretty good at moving things along.
If you like crunchy with a kick of spice then the Red Dragon Roll is for you. Mixed inside is shrimp tempura, crab, cream cheese, masago and avocado. The roll is topped with tuna and decorated with spicy sauce. The cream cheese melts in your mouth, while the texture of the tempura gives you a light unexpected crunch.
If sushi isn't exactly your thing, they do have Bento Boxes and rice bowls that will satisfy any craving. Or try the Katsu Chicken Rice Bowl with chicken deep-fried in Japanese panko breading served with a tangy Tonkatsu sauce.
Stop in for weekly specials and new rolls. Bento Cafe also boasts a wide variety of Japanese teas like boba, green, red and thai.
*TIP* to beat the lines during meal times call ahead and pick-up your order.