The area bounded by Highland, La Cienega, Olympic and Beverly is a virtual wasteland for finding reasonably-priced, interesting lunches. This happens to be the area available to me for lunch around my office, and I don't know if you've been to Farmer's Market this summer, but it's an absolute zoo there. Plus I was unimpressed with my recent soft shell crab sandwich at the Gumbo Pot, although a Chowhound poster recently said their crab cakes were good. So thank god for a few places like Mishima, where you can get away from the waits and attitude and inevitable tuna sandwiches at Toast or Joan's and have something more ethnically diverse. I usually get the nabeyaki udon at Mishima, but with the recent New Orleans-style weather, steaming noodle soup was hardly a possibility. So Ramin and I tried the bento box, which is a pretty darn good deal for $9.50.
The one we got had California rolls, raw tuna (not the finest grade, but perfectly adequate), a nice piece of broiled salmon, salad, rice, soup...pretty much everything you could want. My day goes much better when I eat a ton of fish for lunch...brain food or something...and this was plenty of fish, for sure. I like a lot of their other dishes too -- all the noodles, the tofu salad and the tuna salad. And sometimes they have coffee jello, one of my favorite Japanese desserts.
8474 W. Third St.