Reader: Bento boxes remind me of elementary-school cuisine

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Lori Midson
The bento box at Linger.
An "inspiration trip" to Japan last fall inspired Daniel Asher, the culinary director of
Linger and Root Down, to bring back the bento box. "In Japan, the bento is a way of expressing a multi-course meal experience in a moment, and here, it's our way of wrapping all of those concepts into one idea," says Asher. The bento box was initially introduced at Root Down at DIA, and proved such a hit that last week the concept was added at Linger's lunch. "We had them as a special every day for the last few weeks," Asher notes, "so time will tell how they evolve." Time, and customer responses.

See also: A trip to Japan inspires Linger to launch lunch-only bento boxes

Says bondadprevalece:

Even though bento boxes are usually filled with significantly better cuisine, I've never been able to bring myself to order one because they're so reminiscent of elementary school cuisine. Just... put in on a plate.
Do you have a deep-seated aversion to bento boxes? Where else can you find bento boxes around town?

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Gorilla (1990s hot spot) in Sacramento moved into a place that once housed a Japanese restaurant. There were stacks of Bento boxes and they put them to use serving an assortment of small bites (before "small bite" chic), quick pickles, salads, fresh chunks of fruit, and specialty rices to tie it all together.

It's far superior to eating a mountain of one dish, 2-3 bites of several different flavors makes for a light and satisfying meal.

Root Down can make it a great concept again!

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Some Korean places serve lunch specials in their equivalent to a bento box, called a Dosirak.

The one that comes immediately to mind is Sae Jong [aka Sae Jong Kwan] in Aurora. At least, last I knew they still did...

ScubaSteve topcommenter

Obento, downtown Denver on 16th and California, offers bento boxes, as well as bubble tea, bi bim, and stuff like that.


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