Happened to make the long trek to Higashi-Nagasaki on the Seibu Ikebukuro line to check out highly ranked Cest Bien's "hamburger steak" lunch but it wasn't on the daily menu today... so decided to look for another spot and happened upon another highly ranked mom and pop Shokudo.
I'm a huge fan of one coin "500yen" lunches.
U shaped counter seating inside...
I stepped in a few minutes after their noon opening. It was just so very old skool and lots of famous autographs along the walls. One old guy making all the food and there were 2 mama'sans assisting him... all very polite with "irashaimassen" and "arigato-gozaimasu" ringing about.
Self serve water at the entrance.
The 500yen lunch included a large rice, miso soup, veggies and a huge block of tofu...
Then my menchi-katsu showed up... nice and crispy on the outside and super hot as it comes out freshly made from the oily pit.
There were easily 25+ items on Teishoku menu and everything was under 500yen.
Cost performance was very high and a place that probably see's very very few foreigners... give it a try! If you get lost just ask for the "One Coin Teishoku" but a few guys ordered the "Katsu Curry."
Foodie Website: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1321/A132101/13021203/
Address J: 東京都豊島区長崎4-28-10
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Nagasaki 4-28-10
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