There's a tonkotsu ramen shop nearby that I've been eyeing, Manpuku Honpo, but I went with negi tan tan men (spicy noodles with spring onions) for ¥850-lighter than most with thin noodles-I'll have to come back for the tonkotsu some time. The y also do Nagasaki style ramen-chanpon.
Not long ago I saw a post on Tokyo's best tonkatsu restaurants and a poster mentioned several that I hadn't heard of before: Narikura, Tonta, Maruichi, and Agetsuki. So I added them to my list to visit, then Robbie Swinnerton (The Japan Times) did a review of Narikura recently. So that inspired me to check it out. Several of the larger cuts of Hirata Bokujyo Kinkaton was sold out so I went with the 120g roast for ¥2060. It was amazing-tender pork in a crispy batter. There was something of a wait, but it was worth it-this tonkatsu belongs in the elite company of Maisen, Butagumi, and Tonki for sure.
There's another elite American burger restaurant in Tokyo, Bareburger. I went to the second location in Ginza, apparently the first opened in Jiyugaoka. I got sliders for ¥1650, so I could try two types of burgers-the Country Fair (dill pickle, red onions, aged cheddar, bacon) and Southern Caviar (country bacon, pimento cheese, stout onions) with a side of fries. They also had craft beers on tap-I got Fat Tire Amber Ale. It joins the ranks of the elite burger establishments in Tokyo.
Sabaidee was the first Thai/Lao restaurant that I visited in Asagaya before I moved there and it is the best value. Lunch sets are ¥680 and the most expensive dinner menu items are also only ¥680-I had my standard grao pao gai. The food is quite authentic and I like the Beer Lao table cloths-this will be the go-to Thai place for me.