My F&W
quick save (...)

Restaurant Trend | Speedy Lunches

In Japan, hurried commuters grab bento-box lunches at train stations. Here in the United States, speedy multicourse lunches—some inspired by the bento—are making their way into the most elegant restaurants. At the Topaz Bar in Washington, D.C., chef Stafford Mather's bento holds steamed rice, pickled vegetables, salad and an entrée, like seared scallops with gingered grits. Chef Christian Delouvrier of Manhattan's four-star Lespinasse recently introduced "Le Quicker," a bento-style compartmentalized platter; items have included foie gras—topped chestnut soup, oven-roasted tomatoes, rouget with potato confit and a pear tart. For customers who can't spare the time to sit, chef Jason Paskewitz of Wave in Chicago packs vintage silver lunchboxes with a sandwich, chips, bottled water and, for dessert, a homemade "ding dong"—chocolate cake wrapped in ganache with a cream center.

—Andrea Strong

Published January 2003
You Might Also Like


Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.