I've been to Smokehouse for BBQ a few times before, but this time I stopped by at lunch and felt inspired to try one of their burgers. I went with the New Mexico Burger (pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and tomato salsa). I was really impressed (I was not so impressed with the BBQ frankly), the burger was perfectly cooked medium rare and the toppings were tangy and flavorful and no other condiments were needed-I'll admit to being addicted to mustard on most occasions. Choice of french fries or potato salad for ¥1650 with free flowing green iced tea. I give it elite status as a burger shop-one of the best in Tokyo.
A new Michelin Bib Gourmet category in Tokyo is curry. Risotto Curry Standard is nearby in Shibuya, so I stopped by to check it out. Even though its namesake is the curry (see below), they have a full menu of items under ¥600. I had the potato salad with heaping portions of pork in balsamic sauce on top for only ¥550.
The signature dish is tasty and only ¥880, but not very filling, hence the appetizer. There is a ¥300 seating charge as well, but I'd like to go back and try some of the other tapas portion dishes that I saw other diners trying.
Kinshicho station is on the way home form my Monday job in Chiba, and walking distance from Tokyo Sky Tree, so I thought I would stop by for lunch.
Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Tokyo at 634 meters. I didn't bother going to the observation deck. And since it is essentially a shopping mall, so I've put off visiting because the initial crowds mobbed it in 2013 when it opened.
Keema curry, because what else do you eat when you visit Tokyo Tower? It was the mildest Indian curry I've ever eaten-must be modified for the mostly out of town Japanese clientele.
I recently heard about an American Southern-influenced restaurant in Azabu Juban, Soul Food House, and decided to try it out. The main dish was BBQ ribs that fell off the bone. Very good, but I have to say that the ribs at Hatos are better. You get the choice of one side to go with this order, so I got the old reliable mac and cheese.
The highlight of the meal was the Gumbo-excellent.
And to round out the meal some tasty garlic fried shrimp.
I was surprised to see a Micheline Bib Gourmand ramen recommendation in Higashi Nakano, Koujitsu, so I decided to try it out today. I had the standard ramen for ¥700 (you get a service side of moyashi or chahan as well)-it was a tasty shoyu style ramen, but there are better ramens near Nakano station in my opinion. The tsukmen looked like a better choice. Not sure if I'll bother again though.