N/naka - Modern Kaiseki

And… they’re sold out






I got to admit. This did get on my nerves.

I saw the Bento boxes pop up a week ago, but I wasn’t sure they would let me order with them again so I e-mailed them for their permission. It took them a few days to respond, and I’m glad that they allowed me to place an order again. I got a few boxes waiting for me and my close friend this week.

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new $85 jūbako option:

Kaiseki Jūbako
A thoughtfully curated selection of dishes, highlighting the essence of California kaiseki for you to experience in your home. With dishes like:
Braised Monterey Bay Abalone
Japanese Style Smoked Duck
Seared Wagyu Salad
Seasonal Sashimi
Sushi Selection
Binchotan Grilled California Kinki
Crispy Lobster Kara Age
Takiawase Braised Vegetables
Matcha White Chocolate Cake
Strawberry Daifuku
Passion Fruit Chocolate Truffle


2 n/naka Kaiseki Jūbako available at retail price OR trade for Bento with Sushi box plus price difference

I managed to snag 2x n/naka bento boxes this morning. When I refreshed the page right at 10AM, the only option that showed up was the Kaiseki Jūbako. I rushed to buy it and had completed the purchase before realizing that the price was $85/box, not $38/box like I was expecting. Apparently they recently added this new higher priced option. I’m not entirely thrilled with spending $85/person right now, so I am looking to sell my 2 boxes, or trade with someone who has the cheaper box plus you would pay me the difference in price. My 2 Kaiseki Jūbako boxes are for pickup this Wednesday 4/8 at 7PM at n/naka. The total price for the two boxes, including tax and a $20 tip is $206.15.

Shoot me a message if you’re interested in buying the boxes outright, or trading plus paying the price difference if you have a reservation for the cheaper boxes. My preference is to trade with someone who has the cheaper box.

EDIT: Clearly if I had read the post right above this, I would have realized that there was a new higher priced option. But alas.

Extended OOE car-makase bang-bang continued…

n/naka bento with sushi

sashimi salad with garlic miso dressing shio koji-marinated tomato

kabocha potato salad, cucumber seaweed sunomono

panko-fried shrimp

shoyu koji-roasted sweet potato

miso-marinated black cod with sunchoke puree


a5 wagyu nikogori

matcha white chocolate cake


Thanks for the report @PorkyBelly. :slight_smile: What did you think of the taste and QPR compared to Shunji? Thanks.

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I’d love to buy one of the Kaiseki Jūbako boxes off you - I sadly wasn’t able to secure either in time. Just let me know!

taste-wise i think i prefer n/naka just slightly over shunji, but shunji had the better qpr. the miso-marinated black cod, shoyu koji-roasted sweet potato and matcha white chocolate cake were the standouts. At 38 bucks I wasn’t expecting much from the a5 but it was still disappointing; miniscule and overcooked. I would have preferred a larger portion of a cheaper cut.

in shunji’s, i really liked the crab cake, shiitake tempura, and tamago.


extended car-makase part II - kaiseki jūbako #covid15
this was a little more than twice the price of n/naka’s regular bento but more than twice as good, i thought this had a much higher qpr. everything in this two-tiered box was good to great, and a lot more like what you would eat at dinner. highly recommended @Chowseeker1999, @attran99, @NYCtoLA, @TheCookie, @Omotesando, @J_L, @CiaoBob, @Hungrydrunk, @Ns1, @butteredwaffles


  • lobster nanbanzuke
  • kinki
  • abalone with liver and truffle sauce
  • lobster, uni, caviar
  • matcha white chocolate cake
  • strawberry daifuku

two tiered box with a side of soup and dessert

owan soup - shiitake mushroom

lower level

upper level


crispy lobster nanbanzuke
perfectly cooked and tender

california kinki with daikon, sansho, ikura
oily, smoky from the binchotan and delicious

i love you kinki

braised vegetables - eggplant, squash, broccoli, shimeji, golden beets, eggplant sesame sauce


lobster, uni, caviar
one of the best bites in the box

japanese roasted duck with mustard

braised abalone with liver and truffle sauce
all this was missing was some spaghetti

nigiri has also greatly improved from what i’ve had at dinner


american wagyu tataki salad with ginger and ponzu

passion fruit chocolate

matcha white chocolate cake

strawberry daifuku
as soon as i bit into this it burst with incredible sweetness and i immediately knew this was from harry’s berries; even better than the ones i’ve had in japan, incredible .


+1 on kinki, strawberry daifuku, and lobster,uni,caviar bite. So, so good. I also really enjoyed the owan soup. The kinki sort of reminds of Hayato’s nodoguro in its smokiness and oiliness, and in addition to @PorkyBelly’s comment on the daifuku, the strawberries were wonderful with the anko (red bean paste).

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OK so is there a trick to snagging these boxes? I have been trying for the last 3 Saturdays and when I click on something supposedly available, it’s always in someone else’s cart. I must be doing something wrong, or I’m just old and slow :laughing:

I just keep checking. I had snagged two for this past Wednesday on Sunday. Perhaps the demand is much lower midweek.

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Wait… reservations open up on other times? Making that tock page my startup page now. Thanks @Wakko11

You can also click to be waitlisted.

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I dunno if they opened on Sunday, perhaps someone canceled. Either way, I saw and I grabbed :slight_smile:

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Thanks. I’ve waitlisted before but never got any notifications, this week will try waitlisting all days all times. Fingers crossed!

I signed up on the waitlist for every single slot and got lucky after a few weeks. They will email the entire waitlist for the particular day/time they have an opening, and the first person through wins! It helps if you have notifications on for new emails.

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So just an update on this - a waitlist slot opened up and I grabbed it - there were quite a few slots (Fri, Sat) I wonder if some of the later slots got cancelled in anticipation of a continued LA curfew as the slots that had opened were 4:30 or 5:00. Will report back on the meal!