$$-$$$ Japanese Sushi
Vegetarian options Takeout
Lunch M-Sa • Dinner & Happy Hours M-Su
Minimalist Japanese diner with open kitchen. All the years we have lived in Minneapolis we had never been to this quiet neighborhood. Even though Obento-Ya is hidden away in a small business area on Como, we were fortunate to get two seats for lunch at the counter in a nearly filled restaurant at 2:15 on a Saturday. We would recommend sitting at the counter so you can watch the food being cooked and talk with fellow diners.
The Mackerel Bento was tender and moist; the Saturday special of shrimp and vegetable tempura was excellent; the miso soup was tangy and a good warming starter on a cold January day in Minneapolis. The food was carefully prepared with much delicate attention to the details. The Bento box was a delight with the many little morsel surprises - Japanese style potato salad, seaweed salad, even had burdock in it - a first for us. The atmosphere is intimate and the service warm and pleasant. We're already talking about when we'll be back. Highlights: Wide range of Bento boxes; Sushi; Tempura; Daily Specials; Ramens; Miso soup
Update: 2/27/13 - The Champon Ramen - Tonkotsu black garlic oil broth with super thin sauteed pork, vegetables & seafood with boiled quail egg was a standout today and the Mackerel Bento was again excellent and very satisfying.
Northeast - Dinkytown
1510 SE Como Ave