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