Toraya Japanese Restaurant, 890 Mass Ave., (near Blue Ribbon BBQ) Arlington
Ive posted before about the delicious sushi at this little spot in Arlington (see link). Today I tried the cooked food for the first time and it was delicious too!
I had the salmon bento box lunch ($10.50). First they gave me a bowl of miso soup which had generous amounts of seaweed, sliced scallion and cubed tofu I hate when miso soups are skimpy on these. The bento box had a very tasty piece of salmon, complete with crispy skin, on a banana leaf. It had a very light and mild teriyaki glaze that enhanced the salmon flavor rather than covering it up. Another compartment had a molded mound of perfect rice with a scattering of some purple crumbled seasoning that was very tasty. Another compartment had an assortment of things: two yummy gingery small pieces of fried pork cutlet, a small crispy dumpling (veggie filling I think), two squares of omelet-thingie (I normally dont like this, but this was very good, flavorful and tender, ate both pieces), a piece of mushroom, some edamame and a couple of other things. The fourth compartment had a salad with yummy ginger-sesame dressing -- very nice -- leaf lettuce, cucumbers and radish, no iceberg. The small central compartment had three kinds of oshinko (pickled veggies) that were way above average (oshinko is a favorite of mine).
Not a cheap lunch but a very, very good one, everything freshly-prepared and beautifully presented. Also, they are very good about substitutions, never any fuss about my no shellfish request and they always give me something else just as good as what my shellfish-eating friends get. Im sure if you said no meat in this salmon bento box you would get an equally good substitute for the pork.
The lunch menu features several other bento selections, including sashimi, as well as various donburies and other delights. Hmm, better plan to work through the menu in the interests of fellow hounds .
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