A bento is essentially a Japanese single-portion home-packed meal and it's exactly what the new Japanese home kitchen in the block, Miyajima Bento does. We say Japanese home kitchen, because the chef and owner, Yashoda Devi is half Japanese on her mother's side. A doctor by profession, the kitchen was born out of her love of all things Japanese and also to treat the city of Bangalore to something more soulful and interesting than just the usual array of countless sushi and sashimi. Which is why, on Miyajima's menu you just find the bento and a few sides to accompany it.
Let's talk bento first. You have a Working Man's Bento, a veg bento, and three types of exclusive bento -- chicken/mackerel, pork, and a seafood bento. We tried the chicken and seafood bento on two occasions for lunch, and needless to say, it was a meal we thoroughly enjoyed. The chicken bento includes two types of veg salad -- hijiki seaweed salad which we wished more of, and a broccoli beans salad -- and a superb chicken leg, and miso soup and sticky rice. The seafood bento on the other hand included a beautifully grilled salmon and steamed soft tofu in Kikkoman soy sauce. The bento can be customised if you've any dietary restrictions -- we've mushroom and prawn allergy -- so our bento included scallops with flying fish roe and the aforementioned steamed tofu.
The sides include Inarizushi (tofu pockets stuffed with sushi rice), crowd favourite Tamagoyaki (Japanese egg roll), Crab Cream Korokke, and pork and chicken gyozas.