Onigiri is the perfect one-handed food – soft, steamy rice with a savoury filling wrapped in crisp nori seaweed. It’s cheap and quick, known more for its sustenance than flavour, and easily found at many takeaway and convenience stores. But at Onigiri Bongo, the humble dish is elevated into a thoughtful, proper meal.
Although the rice balls here are already on the larger side, there’s an option to supersize them or add extra toppings for ¥50. The menu features more than 50 fillings, including classics like ume plum and salmon flakes as well as unconventional combos like bacon and cheese, and curry and beef. The onigiri start at ¥260 while lunch sets go from ¥600 and come with two rice balls of your choice plus unlimited tofu miso soup.