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Delicious Japanese Lunches for €10: Hurray!


The bento at Sushi King

I’ve recently had two very satisfying, tasty and cheap Japanese lunches in Dublin for only €10 apiece.  Anyone who’s a fan of Japanese food will be familiar with bento boxes: compartmentalised lunch boxes containing a variety of snacks, arranged in the aesthetically appealing way we expect from Japanese cuisine.

A couple of weeks ago, I tried the lunch bento in Yamamori. I usually go for their very good lunch salad dish, but was tempted by the spicy chicken stew that was included in the bento. I was happily surprised by the small mountain of delicious food that was served up to me in Yamamori’s bento. The chicken stew was a very simple broth with chicken, potatoes and vegetables.  It was almost like something my Granny would have made, except she probably wouldn’t have included red chillies, which gave it a lovely spicy edge.  There was also some sushi, some tasty sesame tuna pieces (although the tuna was a bit overcooked) and white rice and miso on the side.  It was an excellent lunch, perfect for a cold day.

The other test of a great warming lunch is of course a hangover.  With one safely in hand last weekend, I headed to Sushi King on Dawson St to try their ‘Bit of Everything’ lunch, also for €10.  It’s a little different from the Yamamori bento: instead of miso, I opted for Thai Tom Yam soup, which was simple and delicious and which woke me right up.  The bento comes with two pieces of sushi, some excellent gyoza dumplings and a small portion of one of the main menu’s hot dishes.  I had a small piece of salmon teriyaki, which was perfectly cooked and came in a delicious honey-infused sauce.  Some seaweed made up the green veg portion of a really good meal.

Lunch bentos in Yamamori and Sushi King: both highly recommended.  It seems like that which I have longed for has finally arrived: good quality, affordable Japanese food. As they said in the inspirational movie Field of Dreams, “if you whinge and bitch about it for long enough, they will come.”

One Comment

  1. If that’s a picture of the Sushi King bento, the Yamamori version is far better…You don’t usually see so much of the box in Yamamori! 😮
    Yamamori also has a lunch special for €9.95, that includes a choice of usually either fish, chicken or beef (it can be skewers or gyosa for example, changes weekly) and a huge salad, plus a freshly squeezed juice AND miso or rice. Unbeatable!