Yesterday afternoon, my team decided to try a new place that one of our friends at work was raving about called RICE&MISO. Just a few blocks from our Brooklyn office, the calming atmosphere and healthy food stole my heart. 

Started by Japanese native Mika Hatsushima, RICE&MISO serves simple traditional Japanese foods involving organic brown rice Onigiri and good ol' miso soup. Albeit very common foods, Mika was convinced her Brooklyn community would benefit from having access to the healthy foods she grew up eating in her own home.

They share on their website that Mika originally wanted to find good options for her daughter. It wasn't until she strolled around local neighborhoods that she noticed there was an opportunity for RICE&MISO. 

What started as simple pop-ups in flea markets, RICE&MISO just opened this first brick-and-mortar spot in Boreum Hill. Minimal pastel tones, natural lighting, and a quiet calm atmosphere made for a pleasant lunch experience. 

It's humble operation between Mika and an older woman, whom I presume is either her mother or relative. I ordered a Tofu Bento Box which included two rice balls of my choice + three sides + miso soup (+$2). There were other meat options as well as various combinations between the sides and types of rice balls. 

I got so excited I forgot to take a picture of the food itself, hahaha. You can see beautiful photos of some of their food on their website at www.riceandmiso.com. The food was bland IN A GOOD WAY. I really appreciated the simplicity and powerfully nutritious choices in their ingredients. If you want something more flavorful, just make sure to order flavorful rice balls (I got the original on purpose).

I also was very happy to be matching with this cute little place. I think I'll definitely come back in the near future when I'm craving rice balls on a good warm day. 

If you're ever in the neighborhood:

134 Nevins Street, Brooklyn NY 11217