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February 24, 2009

Box by Box

By Spear's

In the last Hedgehog, we brought you the news that set menus are the new à la carte, and that not spending thousands on a meal was the new spending thousands. Continuing this, we have discovered that not all set menus are created equal: Nobu’s Bento Box is undoubtedly king.

In the last Hedgehog, we brought you the news that set menus are the new à la carte, and that not spending thousands on a meal was the new spending thousands. Continuing this, we have discovered that not all set menus are created equal: Nobu’s Bento Box is undoubtedly king.

For those uninitiated in the ways of Bento boxes, Andrew Milne, maitre d’ at Nobu Berkeley Street (which is still seeing its fair share of hedgies), describes them as ‘a combination of a Japanese lunchbox and a tuck box that kids take to school’.

This is close, but radically underplays quite how good they are at Nobu: you get two dishes filled with — as well as other delicacies — rock shrimp tempura, assorted sushi and the dish that first made Nobu famous, black cod with miso.

At £28 a throw — £40 for the luxury version — we hear that the hedgies of London are ordering them in by the dozen for business lunches. (That would also explain the recent blissful absence of hedgies at Nobu Park Lane.)

The golden era of long, boozy lunches whose receipts can be thrown at the accounts department is over, so it is even more fortunate that the Bento Box is saving the day.



Nobu Berkeley Street
15 Berkeley Street
London W1J 8DY
+44 (0)20 7290 9222

Nobu Park Lane
19 Old Park Lane
London W1K 1LB
+44 (0)20 7447 4747

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