Experience the wonders of traditional Japanese cuisine at these authentic eateries.
At Hayato, chef Brandon Hayato Go has infused the idea of kaiseki into handmade bento boxes filled with thoughtfully paired and artfully plated individual dishes: seared duck breast, winter melon in ginger dashi and more. Reserve your order the weekend prior via Tock. ROW DTLA
2. Katana West Hollywood
In addition to uber-fresh sushi boxes, Katana is now offering well-bento boxes. Filled with protein options like A5 wagyu steak and teriyaki salmon, they’re the perfect treat-yourself meal. West Hollywood
After the pandemic-induced closures revealed the success of takeout bento boxes, n/naka’s helms dreamed up a dedicated space for the bento boxes: n/soto. Now open, the currently takeout-only eatery kicked off with Taste of Home, a bento box focused on Nissei cuisine, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going to the Little Tokyo Community Council. L.A.
4. Sushi Ginza Onodera
The two-Michelin-starred resto’s Hana Chirashi box showcases exquisite sea urchin, hairy crab, tiger prawn, cherry blossom salmon, little scallop and bluefin tuna, while the Mon box offers a seasonal 12-piece nigiri set. The Iki Sushi box includes nigiri, tamare or “round” sushi, and an egg omelet called tamago. West Hollywood
5. Ima Sushi Beverly Hills
Carefully crafted by Japanese chefs, all of the Michelin-starred restaurant’s bento boxes—including ones featuring the restaurant’s focal ingredient, A5 wagyu beef—promise to transport patrons with the very best flavors around. Beverly Hills
6. Q Sushi
A Tokyo native, chef Hiroyuki Naruke has honed his craft for over 25 years, a talent that can be seen in Q’s premium omakase sushi box for two. Offering 20 pieces of nigiri and sashimi per person, a sample menu may include Japanese mackerel, sea eel and seaweed-cured scallops. DTLA
7. Sushi Miyagi
Containing a collection of satisfying Japanese fare, the premium bento box includes Kusshi oysters with caviar and yuzu, grilled lobster with egg yolk miso, a blue crab cut roll, and homemade yuzu and vanilla ice cream. Make sure to order two days in advance. Brentwood
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