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I have a group picnic on the beach planned tomorrow, and was thinking at the last minute of changing the plan and bringing bento boxes for everyone instead. The picnic will be at point dume, so I don't expect it to be nearby, but the closer the better. Ideally, it wouldn't be too far into LA from the San Fernando Valley, where I reside.

Basically looking for places that have good to great bento boxes in LA, both for sushi and general japanese food. Gotta love a good bento box once in a while. Thanks

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  1. Not exactly close to you, but Mako in Beverly Hills has GREAT bentos to go...

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    1. re: J.L.

      I'm not positive, but I think Mako requires 24 hr. notice for their bento boxes.

      1. re: J.L.

        I saw them as a recommendation elsewhere, but at $65 a box was unsure if it was meant to feed 2 or more people, or only one. The lack of sushi is a disappointment, but the food does look good. They don't require 24 hour notice, though, do they?

        1. re: Shortsord

          Each box is for 2 people.

          1. re: Servorg

            I checked their website and it says:

            "Boxes are available for pick-up from 5:30-6:30 Tuesday - Saturday. Please place your order at least 24 hours in advance. 310.288.8338"

            Of course, the way most restaurant business is these days they may well be willing to waive that rule. Also, I noticed that the price has gone up to $68 per box.

          2. re: Shortsord

            lack of sushi is probably a good thing... sushi doesn't travel that well. most un-sauced nigiri is made to be eaten almost right away. for example, when the chef cuts slice of fish from the larger piece and hands it to you over the counter. also, for non-nigiri items, the moisture from the rice sets into the seaweed, and that is no bueno!
            the items put into the bento box at mako ensure a dinner that tastes great, even several hours from when you pick it up.

            1. re: banquisha

              I never thought about it like that. I have gotten rolled and pressed sushi in bento boxes before, so I assumed it was not uncommon, but now I'll think twice before even getting that. Makes a lot of sense, thanks.