The Single Layer Master Bento
High-end ingredients and intricately prepared morsels make Ishizuka's at-home bentos one of the highlights of lockdown.
If anything's going to bring some much-needed classiness to your lockdown, it's a little dose of Japanese fine dining elegance. And that's exactly what's being served up by acclaimed kaiseki restaurant Ishizuka as part of its new at-home food offering.
While its dining room remains closed, the tiny 16-seater is whipping up a selection of its intricate fare for takeaway and delivery. And among the mix is one of the most indulgent bento boxes we've ever seen. The Single Layer Master Bento comes in at $135, brimming with a neat array of high-end inclusions to put even your most adventurous lockdown cooking forays to shame.
We're talking seafood delicacies like baby abalone, snow crab, salmon roe and kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), alongside high-end meats such as premium A5 Kagoshima wagyu and duck. Other top-quality additions might feature the likes of kōhaku namasu (a daikon carrot pickle), braised eggplant with wintermelon, candied cumquats and house-made mochi. The offering changes up regularly depending on the produce in the kitchen — helmed by Michelin-starred chef Masahiko Yomoda.
Order via the website's reservations page by 5pm for next-day delivery (between 3–5pm) or collection from the restaurant.
Top image: Eve Wilson