It had been awhile since we had a good old-fashioned Japanese lunch special, so we turned to a SeamlessWeb classic: Hakata Grill. AnnMarie and I liked the fact that they had a lot of interesting and different bento boxes, so we both chose one.
Since I usually order a two or three roll maki lunch special during the week, I opted for the Salmon & Tuna Box Lunch. It came with four pieces of sushi (two of each fish) and I chose a California roll, asparagus, seaweed salad, and shumai to go with it. AnnMarie decided to skip sushi and chose the Grilled Tofu Bento Lunch Special. She got it with brown rice and four sides (!), selecting assorted greens, seaweed salad, spinach, and tamago. A veritable vegetarian feast.
The food took a little longer to arrive than we would have liked, but once it got here, it was nicely packaged and each bento box looked lovely. I decided to treat my seaweed salad, shumai, and California roll as appetizers, saving the sushi as the main course and the asparagus as a side. The seaweed salad was solid and standard, the shumai tasted good too, and the California roll was a nice palate cleanser. The pieces of tuna and salmon were large and flavorful. They seemed fresh and were definitely high quality. My only issue was that the asparagus was a little too smoky from what I assume was some sort of grill.
AnnMarie thought her tofu was great and loved the sauce, along with the large portion size. She also really liked the tamago (about which she learned a lot from Wikipedia!) and the fact that she had so many options.
Hakata Grill is a good choice when you want to get out of a maki lunch special rut. With a plethora of interesting bento box combinations and a lot of freedom in your selection, you could order here all the time and never have the same thing twice.