Hotaru Japanese Restaurant (San Mateo, CA) Go Bento Here!

I was all over the country last week with time in the Bay area (SF) and in Ft Worth, TX as well.  We stayed in San Mateo, CA and found the spot for authentic japanese bento box lunches at Hotaru (33 E. 3rd Ave. San Mateo, CA).  We shared a uni topped sushi roll which I can’t remember the name of, but it had a fresh-from-the-sea taste and for $8 is a bargain.  The uni by itself would usually cost at least that.  The bento box / combo meals are wonderful and a great bargain as well.  For about $11, you get 2 pieces of sushi, 3 pieces of a roll, 2 different grilled meats (chix terayaki, mackrel in my case), soup, salad, and a variety of uber-fresh tempura.  Everything was perfectly prepared and the green tea flowed throughout the meal.  The only problem with finding places like this is that you don’t try the other ones nearby!

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