The bento box — a traditional Japanese lunch box, the style of packing which has nearly been turned into an art form — has come to The Wall.
For the Asian restaurant off Sarat Bose Road, the idea is to present Japanese food in an accessible format. “Normally, in a group of seven-eight, perhaps two may be interested in trying out Japanese food. Since the order is shared, diners don’t want to try. A bento box is perfect because just one or two people can try it,” says executive chef Sushanta Sengupta.
A traditional bento box usually contains rice with fish or meat and pickled vegetables, but the bento at The Wall has the bonus of a fresh Japanese-style salad and soup.
The non-veg bento box has regular salad dressed in sesame oil, garlic and rice vinegar, and the Seafood Suimono, a delicate clear broth of prawns and squid flavoured with mirin (a Japanese condiment made with sugar) and dashi (stock). Move on to some delicious Prawn and Salmon Nigirizushi (where the clump of rice has the fish on top), yummy deep-fried Prawn Tempura, Lamb Battayaki (butter-fried lamb with mirin, lime juice and soya sauce) and Fried Rice.
The veg bento box contains Broccoli and Asparagus Baby Corn Kimouchi, Tofu in Mirin Sauce, Fried Rice, a Cheese-and-Veg Salad Sushi and Tofu Miso soup. “The veg salad sushi or maki rolls (seaweed-wrapped sushi) are not authentic Japanese. You could say they are innovations,” says Sushanta.
Want more? The Wall has introduced seven to eight varieties of sushi for the festival — like Hilsa Sushi, smoked with soya wasabi and chilli flakes, and a pickled radish sushi called Takwan Maki. Don’t want sushi? There’s Marinated Crisp Fried River White Bait, Grilled Prawn Spring Rolls and more. A complimentary beer comes with each order, so eat your heart out!
P.S.: As much as you’d like, the bento boxes, specially imported from Singapore, are not takeaway — you can order them only at the restaurant. The veg and non-veg boxes come for Rs 675 and Rs 875, respectively. A meal for two, a la carte, will cost around Rs 1,200 (plus taxes).