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Does anyone know where to get a good bento box in DFW?

jindomommy Feb 16, 2009 10:32 PM

I really like the ones that are packed with the sides of pickled vegetables and other "I don't know what I'm eating" items. I googled bento boxes and someone recommended Hanasho in Irving. I know Sushi Yama has a Wednesday night special. Crispy tempura is also pretty important. Thanks!

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  1. Balonpie RE: jindomommy Feb 17, 2009 07:48 AM

    My wife and I have had them at Lava Grill in Euless. A good assortment of tempura and rolls.

    Lava Grill
    Euless TX, Euless, TX

    1. irodguy RE: jindomommy Feb 17, 2009 08:20 AM

      Are you looking for Lunch or Dinner? Bento is generally actually a lunch item all though many local places have Bento for dinner as well. Generally the better places have good Bentos Masami has a good bento for instance. I think the Bento at http://www.yelp.com/biz/kalbee-house-... is quite interesting for lunch.

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        jindomommy RE: irodguy Feb 17, 2009 10:05 AM

        I can eat bentos anytime. Dinner and lunch are both great. Thanks so much.

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        luniz RE: jindomommy Feb 17, 2009 09:14 AM

        I haven't tried it yet but if I were looking for bento I'd probably start at Sushiyama.

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          irodguy RE: luniz Feb 17, 2009 12:03 PM

          Again Sushiyama is good and their Wednesday night special is killer. But there is a price to pay 1) Really bad service 2) Really crowded. Overall it's one heck of a value so I keep going back.

        2. number6 RE: jindomommy Feb 17, 2009 10:32 AM

          I am not sure how traditional it is, but I like the bento at Noodles Ave in Plano. Kinda a fusion as you get a thai main. Not the best rolls, but still decent for a change.

          1. irodguy RE: jindomommy Feb 17, 2009 12:40 PM

            I also forgot to mention Sushi of Plano. In general they do a good Bento, but the Tempura can be touch and go depending on who is doing it that day. Their other ingredients are always consistently good.

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              air RE: irodguy Feb 17, 2009 01:19 PM

              I was hesitant to mention Sushi of Plano based on that exact point! I tend to avoid bento boxes there specifically because I have no idea how the tempura will turn out. If I ever feel like one, I'll suck it up, fight the crowds, and hit Sushiyama on a wednesday night.

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              jindomommy RE: jindomommy Feb 18, 2009 05:50 PM

              I just went to Sushi Yama. I think they raised their prices to $12.95. We ordered the teriyaki chicken and barbeque meat and I have to say these items were way overcooked. Everything else, including the tempura was good. I would probably pay $11, but $12.95 is kind of pushing it. However, I am really spoiled as I grew up where you could get an awesome miso butterfish and chicken bento for $9. We had a much larger Japanese population on the West Coast. I will try Masami. Thanks everyone!

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                irodguy RE: jindomommy Feb 19, 2009 12:55 PM

                Of course the other option is not going Bento at all but rather going to http://www.miyoshitexas.com. They do all you can eat for lunch $15. This include chciken or Beef Teriyaki and a good variety of rolls. The only downside is no Tempura which I still cannot quite figure out. I keep trying to get them to add veggie tumpura since it's dirt cheap as compared to the other items.

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                BluffViewChound RE: jindomommy Feb 18, 2009 06:18 PM

                I've enjoyed bento boxes for lunch at Steel and Little Katana.

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                  Chile Pepper RE: jindomommy Feb 20, 2009 11:07 AM

                  I also like the bento boxes I've had at Masami, but I don't have anything to compare it to, really. Masami is a very nice little place. They open for lunch at 11:30 on weekdays and I think they might only be open for dinner on the weekends.

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                    mistyp0523 RE: jindomommy Feb 20, 2009 01:27 PM

                    I would try Genroku on Greenville in Richardson. They have really good food there at really cheap prices. I've only ordered their Bento once (with shrimp tempura) and it was really good. My friend orders the chicken teriyaki Bento and the chicken is great. This one doesn't come with any pickled veggies or "what the hell" items, though.

                    1. Webra1 RE: jindomommy Sep 1, 2010 02:26 PM

                      My family had some really good Bento lunches at Bonsai Sushi in Dallas. I'm not normally impressed by Bentos, but these are worth mentioning. The sushi is standard, but they have perhaps some of the best tempura I've had in a while (light coating, super crispy, minimally greasy).

                      I wish I had taken a photo.

                      Bonsai Sushi
                      17721 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287

                      1. the_sneeb RE: jindomommy Sep 1, 2010 02:47 PM

                        Tei An and Yutaka have tasty more upscale versions.

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                          Webra1 RE: the_sneeb Sep 2, 2010 10:29 AM

                          I never had one at Tei An. What is included?

                          The Bento at Bonsai isn't upscale, but it's a great deal. You get soup and salad, main entree, calif roll, seaweed salad w/ squid salad on top, tempura veggies and shrimp, fried egg roll, gyoza, grilled bacon-wrapped meatball, and orange half. For lunch it's $9.95.

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                            the_sneeb RE: Webra1 Sep 2, 2010 02:51 PM

                            Just off memory I believe it was a salad, rotating nigiri or sashimi, rotating soba special, some sort of pork/chicken, and a not-your-usual assortment of tempura. I think it's around 14-18 bucks, and an ass-ton of food.

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                          fiore1 RE: jindomommy Sep 2, 2010 07:37 AM

                          I really like Genroku on Greenville.

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                            CherylA RE: fiore1 Sep 2, 2010 05:53 PM

                            KU (preston and forest) and Tampopo (greenville) are nice and reasonable. Both small and quiet. KU being the more formal of the two.

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