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Sep 5, 2008 04:52 PM

Best Bento Box in L.A.?

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...

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  1. 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

      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. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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

            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

              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

                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: J.L.

                    wow, lots of love for the mako box.