I came across Hako whilst searching for Japanese places on Flinders Lane. Seeing as it was close to home (which meant that I wouldn't have far to go), I emailed it to my friend who agreed to it in an instant.
It's just off Elizabeth Street and wasn't overly busy when we arrived for lunch today. It's light and airy inside with a bar to the side. Empty sake bottles line up at one end of the bar to form a 3D sculptural display.
There's a lunch menu with bento boxes, lunch sets and mains. We both opted for the salmon teriyaki bento box. The waitress then returned with two little side plates containing just three edamame beans. OK, not enough to fill you up, but enough to get the tastebuds going.
She then returned soon after with two steaming hot bowls of miso soup. It was deliciously warming and certainly got us both excited for the bento boxes.
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait too long for our bento boxes. Presented in a trio box with rice and salmon, eggplant age dashi and a lightly dressed salad. The salmon was juicy, fresh and the skin was gorgeously crisp. The eggplant had been cooked through and just melted in your mouth. The salad was fresh with crispy leaves.
For $15.80, I didn't think it was overly pricey. It all tasted absolutely divine - the perfect light lunch. We both polished off every last piece of rice. Yes, it was that good!
A great lunch spot which wasn't overly crowded. I would certainly go back again. Service wasn't rushed and they were polite and friendly. Another good Japanese eatery in the CBD.
310 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: +61 (0)3 9620 1881