Why is lunch in compartments more fun? Bento Boxes at Shiroi Hana

Shiroi Hana is a Japanese restaurant conveniently located at 15th and Walnut and with a well rounded menu of teriyaki, sushi, udon, tempura, and katsu.  Also on the lunch menu are a few bento box options. Bento boxes are awesome because you get several different snacks at once and they are designed to be easily taken back to the office or school.  And I don’t know why, but having different compartments makes me feel like a kid again. You definitely get that “lunch box envy” from everyone around you.

Hey, hey you, I see you over my shoulder peeking at what I got going on in here! It looks better than your pb &j, doesn’t it?

It’s been a while since I had any pork katsu (breaded and fried sliced pork), so I chose that for my bento. ($10)

I waited anxiously for my pork in a box to be dropped in my hands. It came in thin strips that had a pleasant light breading. Though the pork itself could have had more flavor and the accompanying sauce was a little more acidic than I like, I definitely enjoyed the pork katsu as the main bento component. It’s hard not to like fried pork.

The accompanying pork goyza was way better than I expected for this type of thing. The quality of the California rolls was above average  but they kept falling apart. The obligatory wasabi ball and pickled ginger was not forgotten.  I also  found myself enjoying the side salad with its random piece of broccoli and tangy dressing.

The bento box had just the right quantity of food and variety. I would consider trying out the tempura and udon bentos in the future. Has anyone ordered either of  them?

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Bento boxes make lunch more fun and are the most convenient packaging to carry back to the office
  • People will jealous of your katsu, goyza, sushi, and salad

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • I have had better katsu
  • The California rolls wouldn’t stay together

Shiroi Hana,  222 S 15th St  (@ Walnut St), 215-735-4444


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