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Return of Bento Man: Misoyaki Butterfish

“Bento Man” – Misoyaki Butterfish Bento, $5.00

Ah yes, coming around once again to save us from the hungry monster’s lunch hour wrath, it’s a bird.. it’s a plane.. no it’s a van.. it’s.. it’s.. it’s Bento Man!…

“Hey Bento Man, you forgot your cape”

Yes that’s “Bento Man”, setting up the goods for display so everyone can get a good look at what lies deep within these blue and white portable plastic caverns of golden grindz.

So what Bento Man, what get today?

Looks good, looks good. Let’s see, get California rolls, cone sushi, maki sushi, seasoned long beans, namasu (buried underneath), tossed salad.

How about dat’ coolah…

Get Roast Pork, Charsiu Pork, Shrimp Tempura & Garlic Chicken, Mochiko Chicken, and samoa stuffs undah’neat’.

And da’ oddah’ coolah’..

Get Grilled Teriyaki chicken, chicken katsu & meat jun combo, meat jun, and plenny moa’ stuffs undah’neat.

What about dat’ coolah..

Get Misoyaki Butterfish (calling dibs) and Misoyaki Salmon, and plenny moa’ stuffs undah’neat.

Nevah have ’nuff coolahz, so he ‘wen stay use one box fo’ ‘dis stuffs…

Get Teriyaki Chicken Musubi, SPAM Musubi, vegetable tempura, SPAM/Mandoo/Mochiko Chicken combo, Soba “noodooz”.

Dis’ one look pretty ono…

I think that’s Mapo Tofu, or some Japanese twist of the dish. Sharing that space is Chicken Katsu.

Whoah, da’ choices!

So as you seen above, I went with the Misoyaki Butterfish…

How was it? As good as butterfish gets. Oishi desu. And buttery…

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, good. The butterfish is tender, flaky and buttery-moist. With that super-flavored seared skin and carameled Misoyaki sauce sealing the deal, this the winner right here. The champion of all bento entrées is the Misoyaki Butterfish.

Of course it could stand to be hotter (heat wise), but room temp’ works. I didn’t wanna’ nuke it and dry it out. I didn’t care for the plain steamed veggies that it came with though, as it didn’t match with the misoyaki flavor of the fish as much as tsukemono would have. At least had Daikon, which is an effective palate buffer.

Overall, based on how fantastic the Misoyaki Butterfish alone was, as well as being an overall exceptional value having all those veggies included with it, I give this a bento 3 SPAM Musubi rating. I’d buy it again.

I also got a California Roll..

“Bento Man” – California Roll, $1.50

While that’s not the prettiest California Roll you’ll ever see, flavor and texture wise, it’s exactly WHAT a California Roll SHOULD be.

The basics are here, with no more and no less: fresh avocado, cucumber, imitation crab and mayonnaise, wrapped up in sushi rice and nori. That’s it. It’s perfect and it tastes fantastic just like that. Especially with a dab of Wasabi on each one, which they conveniently provide in this tray, wrapped in a green plastic garnish “leaf”. And just $1.50? Sign me up!

Bento Man’s California Roll gets 4 SPAM Musubi from me.

Diner E chose the Chinese Roast Pork & Charsiu Pork combo…

“Bento Man” – Chinese Roast Pork & Charsiu combo bento, $5

Very good Roast pork and Charsiu for a Japanese restaurant. As good as any I’ve tasted from a Chinese restaurant, if I might say. One thing great about Bento Man, is he always includes the necessary condiments, as is the case here with the Coleman’s mustard and shoyu dipping sauce. I don’t know about Daikon with Roast Pork, though. lol His only complaint is that it wasn’t hot (temperature-wise), otherwise he thought it was spot-on. With that, he rates this one 2 SPAM musubi.

To wash it all down, I went with a handy-dandy can of Hawaiian Sun Guava Nectar..

65 cents from the office vending machine

Thanks Bento Man. You saved the day again!

Related Links:
The Friendly Neighborhood Bento Man

13 thoughts on “Return of Bento Man: Misoyaki Butterfish

  • July 4, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Bento Man, what would we do for lunch without you? Pomai, you have a sweet deal for your vending machine. Our drinks cost 85 cents now! When I remember, I buy them from the Bento Man; he only charges 50 cents. (Not sure about non-sodas like your Hawaiian Sun drink, though.)

  • July 4, 2008 at 6:05 am

    I can’t believe the misoyaki butterfish bento is only $5. What a sweet deal. I wish we had a Bento Man here in the Northwest.

  • July 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    omg, i’m totally jealous. i wish they had a bento man in the mainland south. :(

  • July 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm


    Of course, canned soft drinks went up across the board, thanks to the HI 5 cent recycle/tax fee and absurd fuel prices. What’s interesting is HYN Pake (Nate) recently posted about a 6-pack of Hawaiian Sun juice he purchased at a grocery store in Okinawa, where he paid $2.50 for it, which is actually less then the regular retail price stores right here in Hawaii sell it for! Good deal, Nate!


    There’s gotta’ be some resource for Japanese food, including bento lunches, in Washington State. Perhaps just not as convenient as a “Bento Man”.


    Is there a considerable Asian population in London? Or are they still far-and-few between?

    Asian Random,

    All you need to do is replace grits or mashed potatoes with white rice the next time you eat fried chicken, and there ya’ go! You’re on your way to “Bentoville”!

  • July 6, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Hawn Pake/Nate actually does his American food shopping at a military commissary (he’s mentioned which base, but I can’t remember right now) so that’s why the Hawaiian Sun juice was so cheap. I recently went into the Pearl Harbor commissary for the first time in 20 years (my dad’s retired military, but lives off island) and my eyes bugged out of my head at how cheap things were. Some things were literally 50% less than the local grocery store price and their regular price was better than “our” sale prices, too.

  • July 6, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Yeah, Pomai, get plenty of Japanese food (including bentos) in WA state, but none as convenient as a traveling bento man. But a girl can dream, can’t she? :)

  • July 7, 2008 at 8:37 am

    We can get some bento and musubi at most local mom and pop stores and the Japanese market on island but not the big variety you have from Bento Man. Pomai, consider yourself fortunate. I can only drool over your pictures ^_^!

  • July 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Hey pomai! There are definitely Asians in London but we’re all from so many different Asian countries! And different races, and religions and each group hangs out in its own enclave so it can be difficult to seek out a particular type of food. No bento man here. :(

  • July 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Oh. my. God. Does Bento man deliver? To New York? I’ll take one of everything…

  • July 18, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    oooohhhhh – buttterrrfisssshhhh – come to mama!! i need to find an asian fish monger here. . .

  • July 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I stumbled on your blog by accident and all the food just made my mouth water… i wish we have bento man here in california =\

  • July 28, 2008 at 8:48 am

    We dont have butterfish in the UK i dont believe but i wish we did! It looks so tasty! I want one!


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