RAGE in Nishi Ogikubo is run by a former employee of Ebisu's Suzuran and has similar style noodles. I went with the standard shamo (chicken) soba for ¥750. It had pork and chicken chashu in a light broth-very nice.
I stopped by Cruz for lunch in Yotsuya while running some errands today. It seems inspired by the record label of the same name that had All on the roster, which was a band fronted former lead singer of The Descendents, Milo Aukerman, of which there are pictures and memorabilia all over the shop. The had decent burgers, I went with the Cheese Burger with cheddar. It is probably second tier in hamburger status-the cheese wasn't complete melted and the thousand island dressing AND BBQ sauce is overkill. That being said they have a nice beer selection with three on tap as well as cider. The three beers on tap during my visit were: Ruination Double IPA, Islander IPA, and Fat Tire.
It turns out that one of the best known ramen shops in Asagaya is just down the street from my apartment on Omekaido, Ramen Cique, which is unusual in several aspects. The interior for one is stylish and roomy. The ramen served here is a lighter cafe style. As I learned from the link most customers order the roasted tomatoes, so I did as well-which produced a taste I have never had in ramen before. Excellent-I'll be back.
I was on my way to a ramen shop in Mianmi Asagaya only to find it closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so stopped in at Yantaru for a very tasty and reasonable lunch set of keema curry, salad, lassi, and nan for a mere ¥600.
Karinto Gyoza is a fairly new shop in Ebisu and I finally stopped by to give it a try and had soup dumplings above and the regular dumplings below with some moyashi (bean sprout) namaru appetizer. Very nice-it was dinner time so you have to order a drink (I had oolong tea), but still came out to less than ¥3000.
My friend Al is friends with, Shige, the owner of Kitade Shokudo, a nice little taco restaurant on the East side of Tokyo not far from Kanda with a cool vibe..
Margaritas all around.
We had shrimp marinated in chipolte sauce tacos on the large platter and a mix of steak, shredded herb chicken and chorizo sausage on the other platter with garnishes of salsa, onions, avocado and cilantro. Not exactly authentic, but more fusion-like with corn tortillas.
Happy Go Lucky is a little Mexican restaurant near Minami Asagaya subway station near where I am moving. I stopped by while in the area and had the tacos rice set lunch ¥850 that comes with soup and coffee. I expect to be a regular and plan to try some of the other dishes at dinner.
After eating lunch at Pho 123 Noodle Bar I stumbled across an interesting coffee shop, The Deck Coffee & Pie nearby. I had already eaten so I didn't try the pies, but they had a variety of gourmet varieties of beans and had a cuppa joe the deck would be nice on warmer days.