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    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
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    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
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    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
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May 07, 2005



Natsunoya is one of the great hidden secrets in Honolulu. It's way off the beaten path, so it thankfully hasn't yet been discovered by the Honolulu Weekly crowd :)

I've always gone here for special family occassions, but never done a "take out" of thier bentos. Do you get to keep the lacquered box? That's awesome if you do!


Same question too.. you get to keep the bento box..?? wow!!
I love bentos.. ;)

Allen Wong

Wow, I'd want to keep the box in any case after eating a bento that expensive for lunch. As usual, I haven't even heard of the Japanese offerings you have in Hawaii. It's a real feast for the eyes. Unfortunately, it's 2:30 A.M and I'm hungry.



Hi Mr_Me,

No you don't get to keep the box. They actually deliver, then come back to retrieve the boxes. I wish I got to keep it. It looked really nice.

Hi MrsT, box keeping! =( I love bentos too. This one was OK.

Hi Allen,

Long time no hear. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Canada.

I wanted to keep the box too, but unfortunately, we'd probably get charged for them if we kept them. I'm sure you get a lot of food in Brooklyn that we don't get here either. =)


I see that everyone asked the exact same question that I did! =)

Nice close-up pics btw.

And just one look at that nishime brought back flashbacks of the overwhelming smell of oden in Japanese 7-11s.


hi reid
you make me wanna run out and grab a bento now! >_<


The bento looks really nice! Maybe they thought the namasu can be the substitute for tsukemono? I love this type of shokado bento box, though it was a pain in the neck when I was working as a dishwasher at a hotel in Japan, because they don't allow us to put that kind of lacquer bento boxes in the dishwasher machine. (BTW, does the photo no.2 happen to be upside down?)


Hi AG,

Thank you. =)

Have you had nishime before? Traditionally it's made with pork. I liked this version because it was vegetarian. I think I'm going to make it like this at home from now on. I really liked it.

I haven't had oden in a while. Thanks for reminding me! =P

Hi maya,

I wanted to have another one too. =)

Hi obachan,

The lacquer boxes are really nice don't you think? I can just imagine the handwashing and cleaning! I give you credit for doing so.

I'm not sure if namasu was substituted for the tsukemono as both items were listed on the menu. I'll have to ask next time.

And no, picture number two is not upside down. I took the picture that way on purpose. I also took a photo of it the right way, but that one turned out blurry and I was unable to use it. =( Oh well....


Hi Reid

No I don't think I've had nishime before. Unless I ate it in Japan and didn't realise!

I'm pretty sure I didn't though =P


Hi AG,

If you haven't tried it before, nishime is actually quite nice. It's like a vegetable "stew" (for lack of a better word). The vegetables are seasoned then simmered until tender, but not mushy.

It is traditionally a New Years' dish, but we eat it all the time (or at least I do). Maybe I'll make it and post the recipe. It's quite easy to make, the only problem is with prepping the veggies.

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