Today I'm sharing my review of the beautiful Monbento Tresor bento boxes. I've had my eye on these boxes for quite a while, and have been meaning to give them a go, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity by UK supplier Forma House to try them out in time for the new school year. Make sure you read right to the end of the post to see some cute lunches that I made in these boxes!
Monbento makes a whole range of beautiful bento boxes (their adult boxes are right at the top of my wish list too!), but their Tresor range has been designed specifically with children in mind. They come in four bright and funky colours; Blueberry, Kiwi, Raspberry and Banana. I was sent one each of the Bluberry and Banana boxes for my two boys to try.
At first sight, the boxes were smaller than I imagined they'd be (I'll come back to that point in a minute), but they're SO pretty! They're lovely and tactile too, with smooth rounded corners, and I love the beautiful bright colours!
The bento box is made up of a larger bottom compartment (450ml) and two removable lidded food cups (150ml each) which sit on a tray on top of the bottom compartment. The lid clips on over the top, holding all of the boxes together securely. Everything is made from BPA free plastic, and the boxes are microwavable, air tight and freezer safe (fantastic for saving leftovers for future lunches!).
The absolute best feature of all (according to Small Child) is the cute little customisable picture frame on the top of each box - each box comes with 5 different designs to swap around as you wish, and you could design your own too - making a little name tag for it would be perfect for school!
I couldn't wait to give them a try, so I put together a meal each for Small Child and Small Baby, for a fun picnic tea.
For Small Child, I packed a ham and houmous sandwich on brown bread, a clementine and a mini Babybel cheese in the bottom layer. In the top two cups I packed sweetcorn with carrot flowers, and a mixture of black grapes and blueberries. I decorated the meal with cute woodland animal cupcake rings to match the owl design that he had chosen to customise his lid with.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much food I managed to fit into the box! The sandwich was made with two pieces of full size bread, which I cut into quarters, and it fit in the box with room to spare! The two smaller boxes both had room to spare too, even though I packed reasonably sized portions for him. Small Child loved having this meal in his Monbento Tresor bento box, he's very taken with it!
For Small Baby, I packed a ham and houmous sandwich, cut into a cute bear using our CuteZCute Cuddle Palz cutter set, carrot sticks and cucumber bears, cut using a bear shaped mini bento cutter, and slices of nectarine, which I topped with a bear bento pick and a panda bento pick.
He munched all of it up, bar a few of the carrot sticks, which his bottomless pit of a big brother happily relieved him of! I think he was really pleased to have his meal served in the same kind of lunch box as his brother!
Overall, I am really impressed with the Monbento Tresor. The box design is beautiful and has been really well thought out, with little touches like the customisable lid making it extra special and perfect for children. The Tresor holds an impressive amount of food for such a compact box too, I was really surprised at how much I could fit in it!
My only reservation would be the amount of pieces it is made up of - I can imagine the clear lids would be pretty easy to lose, but with a careful child (or a bit of training!) I'm sure that's not too much of a problem.
I love the bright colours, rounded corners and the compact size of this box overall. I have a feeling this is going to be another regular on our lunch box rota this year!