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Jul 7, 2008 06:11 PM

Japanese Bento -- East San Fernando Valley - where?!

Okay 'houndz -- I need to find a good place to pick up a true 'bento' (aka Japanese lunch box) for a picnic-style dinner at the H'wood Bowl.

I mean an individual to-go box with separate compartments that have all sorts of small portions of Japanese delicacies, such as cooked fish, perhaps some teriyaki chicken, also sushi or maki rolls, perhaps some tamago (egg sushi) and other stuff (it's been ages since I had one). Dessert element is not important. Drinks I can provide myself.

So, who knows a good place I can pick up from, around 5.30pm?

Forget Mako -- it must be located in either:

Studio City
Sherman Oaks - or -
as far West as Encino...

Please help out a hungry 'hound!!

Thanx in advance.

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  1. Perhaps you should call Daichan in Studio City (Ventura and Eureka). If that doesn't work, you might try Maki Yaki on Ventura and Tujunga. You'll probably want to explain pretty clearly that you want the box (and will bring it back).

    We're going to the Bowl tonight too, but I'm going to go to Banh Mi Che Cali and get sandwiches, goi cuon and che.

    1. Tama used to offer a really nice o-bento box for around $30 or so. You might give them a call and see what they say.

      Tama Sushi
      11920 Ventura Blvd
      Studio City 91604 @ Carpenter Ave

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      1. re: Servorg

        Fantastic -- both suggestions are excellent ones. I was gonna suss out Daichan as their menu would be suitable (love that place) but wasn't sure if they had the box to go. And yeah, I can bring a box back - maybe even offer to leave a deposit?!

        Thank you!

        1. Our concert at the Bowl isn't till the end of this month, so if anyone knows other places who have or may have o-bento - I'm open to suggestion!

          I'll post back with my results.

          1. Okay, I apologise for the multiple responses to my own post, but here are my results:

            Thanks to suggestions, I found two places locally who do 'o-bento' that I now need to sample as their pricing is wildly different (!)

            Tama Sushi offers a really nice-sounding o-bento to go for $32. It contains Kobachi – a pre-appetizer; Zensai – which is three kinds of appetizers; Three kinds of sashimi; Shrimp and vegetable tempura; Yakizakana – grilled fish; Nimono – seasoned and cooked Japanese vegetable and rice. Order and pick up.

            Tama Sushi, 11920 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, just E of Laurel. (818) 760 4585. Open seven days, 11.30-2.30pm; 5-10pm.

            Maki Yaki 2 in Studio City also has o-bento to go that’s a bit more affordable. They do a sushi and tempura bento for $8.95 and a sushi and gyoza bento for $8.25. Order and pick up or free delivery available, within a certain radius.

            Maki Yaki 2, 11388 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, at Tujunga. (818) 753 0852. Open 11am-9pm, Mon-Thurs; ’till 10pm Fri & Sat and 4-9pm Sundays.

            FYI -- Daichan do food to go, but no "all-inclusive" bento box, which is what I was after.

            I also gave 4 on 6 Sushi in Encino a call, just for the hell of it, but no go.

            that is all.

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            1. re: Maxmillion

              Thanks, a million Max ;-D for your pre-tasting fact finding report. I look forward to reading your final, "apre the chow" write up.