Want To Eat Authentic Japanese Food For Lunch? This Obento Meal Is Perfect

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Japanese restaurant Edo has opened its doors for lunch now along with dinner. And they have introduced the Obento — a working lunch kind of set meal.

Bento or Obento?

I was recently invited to sample the Obento, which now makes an appearance for lunch too. The idea behind an Obento is a great one — a working lunch that is indulgent, yet takes the hassle out of looking through a menu, ordering and putting together a meal. Here, all you have to do is choose between meat or a vegetarian Obento tray. So here is what you can expect from an Obento if you choose to try it.

On The Tray

Every meal at Edo begins with a Sake Bomb, a fun take on the original cocktail. The Obento tray {in a vegetarian or non vegetarian version} comprises a palate cleanser — oshinko, gherkins and pickled radish, to be had all through the meal. Next up was the Kani Salad on the meat Obento tray. Then there was also julienned crab sticks, tossed with piquant Japanese mayo and flying fish roe. This is followed by some freshly made sushi comprising salmon, tuna and avocado maki.

Next on the tray is sahsimi —  fatty bits of tuna and salmon, depending on what catch the kitchen receives for the day. The miso soup at Edo is absolutely great, thanks to the dashi, which is poured from a lovely kettle. While the vegetarians got to munch on vegetable tempura, mine was made of prawns and was superlative.

Licensed To Grill

Then came Chawanmunshi, an egg custard, for which I am yet to develop a taste for. However, a dining partner mentioned that a spoonful of light soy can do the trick. While I did have a few more spoons of it than I normally do, it still will be a while before I can appreciate it. The main courses are wrapped up with a bowl of Udon Noodles. I love the Udon here for the deep flavours that come out from the broth that it is cooked in.

Wait, there’s also a lovely Green tea Ice Cream to be had here at the end of your meal.

When: Obento Luncheon is available between 12.30pm-2.45pm

Price: INR 2250++ for meat, and INR 2,000 plus taxes ++  for vegetarian.

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Ruth Dsouza Prabhu believes she is a multi-tasking ninja. A work-from-home mom to a high-on- life 14-year-old, she freelances for numerous high profile publications, while balancing her home quite elegantly. She loves to eat, drink, travel and be merry. Her husband is always her partner- in-crime!