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Best Bento Box in L.A.?

logan Sep 5, 2008 04:52 PM

Hi guys -

Going to the bowl and looking for Bento box recs - the good ones. My family's from Hawaii so I have high standards. I'm also willing to drive to Torrance or wherever to get them if they're good. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance...

  1. liu Sep 5, 2008 05:17 PM

    There are probably better ones, but the Bento boxes at Nijiya Market on Sawtelle in West LA look very delicious, fresh and interesting!

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    1. re: liu
      logan Sep 5, 2008 05:49 PM

      Thanks for the comment, but I'm actually not looking for the supermarket variety. Just commenting so there aren't lots of posts about them.

    2. omotosando Sep 5, 2008 06:01 PM

      I love the bento box lunches at Mori Sushi on Pico. Terrific bargain. (The supermarket ones at Nijiya on Sawtelle are good for supermarket food).

      P.S. Oops sorry - I see you are looking for something to take to the Bowl. Mori won't do for that. I'm not sure where you get a decent takeout bento box other than Nijiya.

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        cls Sep 5, 2008 06:25 PM

        You could try Kappo Ishito and see if they'll do it. They have an excellent lunch bento.

        Kappo Ishito
        123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 302, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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          bulavinaka Sep 5, 2008 07:25 PM

          Don't know if you're up for fusion - very good fusion - but Mako in BH does one with a pretty nice looking bento box for your bento. According to their website it's pricy for a bento box...


          I know Bar Hayama does "bento boxes," but I think it's strictly eat-in...

          Have you tried somewhere like Bruddah's to do a big take-out of stuff like lau lau, lomi, SPAM musubi, mac salad, etc.? I don't know what part of the Bowl you're planning to eat your meal, but the areas outside the bowl would work well with Hawaiian-style grub...

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          1. re: bulavinaka
            bulavinaka Sep 5, 2008 07:43 PM

            Forgot to mention that the bento boxes at Mako are for two - traditional three-layer style boxes. You get to keep the box, and future refills are $10 off. I almost grabbed a couple for the Bowl last year but they needed one-day advance notice, which didn't work for me at the time...

            1. re: bulavinaka
              NAspy Sep 5, 2008 10:01 PM

              and one box is meant for two people but there is a lot of food. We got two boxes for our family of four and barely got into the second one.

              They are excellent but not bento boxes in the traditional style.

              I wonder if any of the places in J-Town would do this for you.

              1. re: NAspy
                ipsedixit Sep 5, 2008 10:09 PM

                I'll third the rec for the Mako bento box.

                As for Little Tokyo, Oomasa used to do Bento boxes. Dunno about now, however.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  J.L. Sep 6, 2008 12:07 AM

                  Fourth the Mako rec.

                  1. re: J.L.
                    logan Sep 7, 2008 01:20 PM

                    wow, lots of love for the mako box.

                    1. re: logan
                      J.L. Sep 7, 2008 04:24 PM

                      deservedly so.

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