Miss the Olympics? Bring the tastes of Tokyo home with you

The 2020 Olympic Games might be over, but the flavours of Japan are alive and well in Toronto. Take a seat, sharpen your chopsticks and enjoy a gold medal-worthy bento box from one of these four sushi restaurants. 

Torch

Known for its flame-seared aburi-style sushi, Torch offers seven unique bento boxes, all of which are served with green and red seaweed salad and steamed edamame beans. Two of the bestsellers include the Mix8 (eight pieces, one of each different kind of Torch sushi) and the Tasting Box (eight pieces of each type of Torch sushi, a lobster hand roll and a toro hand roll). Other bentos include the Salmon Lover, the MVP, the Ebi and Lobster, the Kabayaki and the Salmon Tuna Duo. Torch’s bento boxes range in price from $16.99 to $24.99.

Kibo Secret Garden

Kibo Secret Garden

Yorkville’s not-so-secret sushi bar, Kibo Secret Garden, specializes in omakase sushi and sashimi sets. “Omakase” is a Japanese phrase that essentially translates to “I’ll leave it up to you,” meaning diners entrust the chef’s expertise and creativity to create a custom meal and a memorable dining experience. Kibo Secret Garden offers four bento boxes, which include the Chicken Kaiseki ($28), Salmon Kaiseki ($30), Marinated Beef Short Ribs Kaiseki ($35) and the Black Cod ($35). All bento boxes are served with miso soup.

Minami

Minami

Minami’s Gozen Lunch Set, available from 12 to 4 p.m., features classic Japanese set meals with a Minami twist. There are three options from which to choose, ranging in price from $27 to $38, all served with miso soup, goma-ae (dressed vegetable salad), tsukemono (Japanese preserved vegetables), daigaku-imo (caramelized sweet potato) and a daily feature sushi roll. A feature Gozen is also available for market price and features items selected by the chef. A chef’s selection of sashimi is also available as a lunch set.

Hawk & Chick

Hawk & Chick

Purple rice replaces plain steamed white rice in the bento boxes found at Hawk & Chick, thanks to the addition of cabbage kimchi. Located on Dundas Street West, Hawk & Chick offers five bento boxes, which include the Karaage Fried Chicken (KFC aïoli, crab stick slaw, sweet soy lotus root), Spicy Pork Bulgogi (bacon and onion korokke, pickled yellow radish), Whitefish Katsu (tartar sauce, crab stick slaw, sesame spinach) and Spicy Tofu Jorim (rolled egg, sweet soy lotus root, sesame spinach. Prices start at $14.

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