Il Fornello in Nakano is an impressive restaurant. The lunch set gives you four options for the main course along with an appetizer, bread, and drink for a great value at ¥1100. I went with the lasagna and it was excellent.
Smokehouse is the latest American style BBQ joint in Tokyo from the group behind TY Harbor Brewery. I stopped by to sample the pork sandwich with a side of potato salad. I enjoyed both, but truth be told I prefer the Nakameguro Hatos' pulled pork sandwich and potato salad. I like the fact that they have four sauces to sample:“Porter Pepper” sauce made with beer and
molasses, a tangy “Carolina Vinegar” version with chili and honey, the “House Pit” sauce is tomato based and sweetened with brown sugar, and the “Voodoo Hot” is blend of fresh ginger and habanero peppers. They have TY Harbor craft beers for ¥800 a pint as well as some other domestic craft brews for ¥1300-¥1500. There's an extensive bourbon selection as well. I'll be back to sample other menu items since it's a short walk from Shibuya.
I've noticed Burger's Base in Yoyogi for several years. It features the monstrosity known as the Sasebo Burger (basically a cheese burger with a fried egg and ham on it). I went with the Base Burger (a cheeseburger with special sauce), and it wasn't bad, but not one of the elite gourmet burger places in Tokyo--a step up from MOS Burger I suppose.
This is the Stamina tantanmen (basically everything except the kitchen sink in it), I was really hungry since I didn't eat breakfast AND there is a side of rice for free (service). I will be back--despite the lines...