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bluedog Jun 12, 2008 01:50 PM

The recent thread on Bento supplies got me thinking about eating Bento Boxes in Japan. Bento meals here generalyl consist of rice, salad, tempura, maybe some teriyaki and/or suchi and/or handrolls. When I was working in Japan, we used to order Bentos that would come with 8-10 little dishes, maybe some odd little dumplings, various kinds of pickles, rice (invariably with an umeboshi on top and a sprinkling of black sesame), etc. but rarely with a main focus such as tempura etc. So my question is, are there any places here that are serving bentos beyond the usual?

Alternatively, whose got the best Bentos?

  1. happycamper Jun 13, 2008 07:04 AM

    Ichiriki on Bloor and Church has a variety of quality pickled side dishes that they alternate to include in their lunch bento specials. I remember we once had some nice pickled fish and some turnips. Another time it was a seaweed paste.

    1. KayceeK Jun 13, 2008 09:28 AM

      Hosu normally brings out some little nibblies at the beginning of any meal, if that counts. I'm interesting in seeing others' responses..

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      1. re: KayceeK
        happycamper Jun 13, 2008 11:00 AM

        Hosu is operated by Koreans. The nibbles are of Korean tradiation and differ drastically from the bento elements the bluedog is refering to.
        On a side note, a recent chowhound thread mentioned that Hosu has had a few food safety issues.

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        jayseeca Jun 16, 2008 02:03 PM

        Sanko on Queen has take-out bentos which are unlike the ones you get at Sushi Time and the like.

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