Lunch Break: Where to Find Peko-Peko Bento in SF


A selection of Peko-Peko bento boxes. Photo: ©

Have you been wanting to try one of Sylvan Mishima Brackett of Peko-Peko’s bento boxes, the ones that he’s been delivering to Umami Mart in Oakland? I was cruising through Hayes Valley last week and discovered the fabulous Louesa flower shop (which is also full of artsy objets) receives a delivery of the bento boxes around 11:45am (they last until 3pm or so), on Thursdays only.

There’s one I tried with Riverdog Farm chicken karaage, with a soy egg, greens rice, and chicken snowy cabbage, or the deluxe crab rice, with fried herring, an ethereal dashi omelet, and chrysanthemum scarlet turnip. There can be a variety of five or so to choose from (click the names to check them out here); they’re made with organic and well-sourced ingredients, gorgeous, and smartly wrapped in oh-so-cool custom labels. You feel good and clean after eating it. That’s my idea of a box lunch! I’m so going back for the pork katsu and vegetable curry. $13-$19. Laguna between Hayes and Linden.