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February 11, 2006


clare eats

That is nice to know that there are some healthy plate lunch options ;)
I hope the food is as good as it looks!


I've only had the tempeh and seitan here but it's hamburger steak for me next time!


Good looking bentos!! :D

Kat & Satoshi

we tried this place when the original owner was cooking, will have to try it again since management has changed, only thing is the parking in this area...


Hi Reid - I swear, that Hamburger Steak is calling my name!

FatMan Seoul

Hello old friend. Been a while .... Just dropping by to let u know I'm still alive. :o)


hi reid, this post really brings back memories! as a kid, everytime my folks brought us to a japanese family restaurant, i would head straight for the wafu hamburger steak (and make the occasion detour to omu rice) thanks for sharing!


I am a closet macaroni salad lover, add mayo to macaroni and I am in heaven. Shhh..


That's a lot of hamburger steak!!! Well, for $7.50,which is $2.00 more than the normal, I guess that's about right. Real hamburger??? How was the taste, as it looks really good? The mac salad looks a little healthy with so little mayo.


What a disappointment. We won't be back. It's not the same since Harris and his family are no longer in the kitchen. The quality of the steak is down. The carrots, potato and gobo have no taste. The cole slaw and macaroni salad are no longer made with the same care.


Hi Clare,

Though the food isn't as good as it once was, it still has many places beat. And to think, this is as healthy as any plate lunch is ever going to get.

Hi Kathy,

When I want to be really good, I'll have the zen macrobiotic. Otherwise, I usually have the grilled tofu with tamari sauce. This was my first time sampling the transitional menu and I enjoyed it immensely. I suggest you try it on your next trip back home.

Hi Obachan,

The food here is really good and healthy (and good looking) too!

Hi Kat & Satoshi,

I used to eat here when Harris was in the kitchen and I have to say that the food has changed slightly. Still, the food is good and I enjoy it. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Hi Kirk,

You'll die knowing that this is probably the healthiest hamburger steak you will ever eat. That sauce that looks like brown gravy is actually tahini. Would you even have guessed?

Hi FatMan,

Nice to hear from you! I hope you're doing well. I believe that I speak for everyone in saying that we miss having you around.

Hi J,

I haven't eaten Japanese hamburger steak in a while...thanks for reminding me! =)

BTW...I love omurice. Can't find on very many menus here anymore though. =(

Hi Gia,

I love macaroni salad as well. This one is supposed to be healthy, which explains the lack of mayo. Then again, whoever said they wanted "healthy" mac salad? Not me! =P

Hi Lance,

The hamburger steak here is really good. I had it with Western BBQ sauce, which made it better. The hamburger is a little dry, but still tender. I'm guessing it's because of the low fat content of the meat.

If you have a chance, you should try it at least once. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Hi Soos,

Welcome to my blog!

I have to agree that there has been some change in the quality since Harris moved out of the state. But, I do know that the food is still healthy and I find that for the most part, it still tastes good.

I'm sorry you no longer have the desire to visit Well Bento.

harris brazina

I hope all is well at "The Well Bento" Since I created it and worked it for 8 years all you guys out there should give them another chance. If not for them, for me.

Brandon Yeh

The food was (under Harris), and in my opinion still is, one of the best places for eats on the island. It may be on the slightly pricier side, but given the wonderful combination of health and taste, you can't ask for a better meal!

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