Apparently every year there is an event held in Asagaya, Asagaya Nomiya Matsuri, designed to get people visiting the areas many restaurants and bars. There are one, two day and three day passes-this year the festival spans May 10-12. The pass allows the wearer to get a free beverage (usually from a special menu) at participating shops. This is the ticket center on Star Road.
I started out with the know at craft beer bar Wash1n with a glass of Coredo Marihana.
Next up Oolong hai (shochu and ice tea) with some moyashi namaru at Tochan, a yakitori shop.
Upstairs from Wash1n, Robata Fu Fu Fu, is where I had some nihonshu, Hitakami from Miyagi.
Then onto an izakaya, Shosai Hanahi where a draft beer was the choice.
This street on the south side of the station is like a mini Golden Gai (Shinjuku)-full of small bars and restaurants.
Another Ooloing hai at Sayaban (garlic shochu in the background).
Deep fried shrimp to go with the drink Kushiaki Tochan.
Star Road-next to the train tracks.
Tokyo Gurrechi with draft beer and cucumber with miso.
My local bottle shop, Mitsuya was also on the bill with small glasses of drat, Edilpils this night.
The fountain on the south side of Asagaya station.
There's usually a lineup at Hatsune for two reasons-it has some mighty fine tanmen and it only has six seats. Since it's known for the tanmen I got it for ¥780, and it was a very nice light broth with loads of fresh vegetables.
I've read a couple reviews about Camelback located in Kamiyamacho near Yoyogi Park, so I decided to stop by last weekend. Artisanal sandwiches and great coffee, but only take-out and outdoor seating available. I got the bacon pepper sandwich, which was under ¥1000.
I have to say that I was impressed by the atmosphere at Dao Thai, a small chain shop in Asagaya (there are other shops in Shibuya and Mozen Nakacho). It has that street stall aesthetic complete with plastic chairs and Thai pop on the stereo. The true test comes with the Kao Pao Gai (basil chicken rice) very tasty and reasonably priced at ¥780. This will be a regular stop.
There's an old school washoku (Japanese style food) restaurant, Mastudaya, down the street from Tonjo (Tokyo Woman's Christian University) in Nishi Ogikubo. I got the oyakodon (chicken and omelet) with hot soba noodles for ¥940. I think this might be a regular Friday occurrence.
Chukasoba JAC in Koenji is a Tokushima-style (a city and prefecture on Shikoku island) ramen that is served with stewed pork and a raw egg. A sign on the door said it was named the best ramen of 2013-2014. The deluxe bowl also comes with a soft boiled egg and extra pork for ¥900. It was my first time to try this style with a heavy, savory broth and it is very filing.
There is a tsukemen ramen shop near my apartment, Mensiabo, which seems fairly popular among the locals. For my first visit I ordered spicy tsukemen for ¥900. I see they do curry and Napolitan pasta, so I'll be back for lunch again to try those dishes.