Baker’s Hours

April 14, 2009

New Bento Boxes at Shokudo

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As the economy gets continuously worse, restaurants are having to find ways attract business. Today, my sister and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Shokudo, to try out their latest effort to tempt the lunch crowd. My sister heard from a friend who works at Shokudo that they had recently added bento boxes as a more affordable alternative to their pricey, yet delectable, ala carte menu. 

  • Chicken Karaage Lunch Bento Box- $8.95
  • Teriyaki Chicken Lunch Bento Box – $8.95
  • Assorted Tempura Lunch Bento Box – $9.95
  • Teriyaki Salmon Lunch Bento Box – $12.95
  • Healthy Bento Box- $9.95
  • Combination Bento Box- $11.95
  • Deluxe Combination Bento Box – $13.95
  • Shokudo Deluxe Bento Box- $18.95

Obviously, the Lunch Bentos if the best deal, and all boxes come with Edomame, Salad, and Rice. A pretty good deal in my opinion. Hopefully, these new menu items will be just what SHokudo needs to increase their lunch business.

blksesamefloatwmNow on to something that I think would be considered a miss. The Black Sesame Float with Mochi Balls was… interesting to say the least. I admit, that I have never been to Japan, so for all I know, this drink is hugely popular. 

Having enjoyed Guinness floats before, the color didn’t faze me at all; unlike my sister. However, I couldn’t quite figure out what the black sesame part was. It could have been sesame seeds blended in sugar syrup. I couldn’t figure it out, which was quite vexing considering how essential my palate is to my given profession. I just knew that it tasted weird, and I didn’t like the chalky mouth feel of the blended sesame seeds. 

So, in conclusion, I give the Bento Boxes a definite must try if you are looking for lunch near Ala Moana Center. As for the Black Sesame Float, unless you really like black sesame seeds or are feeling a bit adventurous, I would recommend passing on that one.


Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Wasting My Time by Default


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