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Good straight-forward bento box in San Francisco?

jflesh Jan 8, 2007 02:47 AM

Am looking to find a good simple bento box dinner in SF.

Have looked into some of the "not just sushi" recommendations
here, and many sound wonderful (Kyo-ya, Kappa, Bushi-Tei, ...).
But most of these restaurants seem to have a creative flair, and I'm aiming for something fairly straight-forward, like a bento box with
shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, some sashimi, and maybe a salad, with a good bowl of miso soup to start and a side bowl of white rice.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

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  1. anna RE: jflesh Jan 8, 2007 03:07 AM

    Taraval Okazu Ya. Nice bento boxes at great prices.

    1. Gary Soup RE: jflesh Jan 8, 2007 04:08 AM

      Just today I noticed that the "Yokohama Sushi" place in the old DPD space at Kearny and Jackson had shifted its focus away from sushi and toward bento boxes, at what seemed to be reasonable prices. Might be something for someone working in the northern FiDi to try at lunch time.

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        Wendy_san RE: jflesh Jan 9, 2007 02:59 PM

        You might try Kansai on Buchanan St. in SF Japantown.

        1. Civil Bear RE: jflesh Jan 9, 2007 04:31 PM

          We like Ichirocu (sp?) on Geary around 3rd Ave. Good value and very friendly folks.

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            jflesh RE: Civil Bear Jan 9, 2007 06:17 PM

            Thanks for the suggestion. Spelling is "Ichiraku".

            Also, in searching to get the spelling, I found this link:


            Poster's query is similar in spirit to mine -- i.e. non-sushi-Japanese -- and many suggestions are given here too, though
            the bulk appear to be outside of San Francisco.


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            Tabetai yo RE: jflesh Jan 10, 2007 11:36 PM

            Just go to the Nijiya Supermarket on Post at Webster. It's got your basic bentos, a wide variety. Taste is like Japanese convenience store quality (that's not a bad thing).
            For higher end and quality, more like Japanese dept stores, the best is Delica RF-1 in the Ferry Building. The crab cream croquette bento is a standout but they are all delicious and under $10. Delica is one of the best Japanese "restaurants" in the City hands down.

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