My girl took me to lunch at The Fuse Box in Dobie Mall. Today is the first day it was open - it is located where Cafe Matisse used to be. I was surprised at how much space there was in there. When it was a coffee joint it was pretty tight when crowded with a couch and tables and people milling around. The Fuse Box is very open and (though I hate to use the term) airy. Light green paint and natural wood and comfortable stools and John - the owner - cooks at the counter. It makes it for a relaxing atmosphere.
The food is excellent. I got the seared tuna bento and was amazed at the fact it was perfectly seared and cool in the middle. The daikon salad made me reconsider my stance on daikon. The dumplings were tasty though the sauce could have used a bit of punch. My girl got the chicken bento and I had a bite. It's something I would get in the future.
The only downside is the cost - $10 for a large bento box. It's not something I could afford to eat every day though I would if I could. However there are also salads and other dishes that look good for a lower price.
This is a great place - even better since it is next to my work -the owner is a really nice guy and a bad ass cook. Worth checking out the next time you are heading to the Dobie for a movie or dragging some out-of-towners around campus.
Now I just have to wait for payday to eat there again.