From what I gather, many hounders on this board have dining budget that far exceeds mine. When in Tokyo, I normally don't spend more than $50 a day on three meals and I think I eat quite well.
On my last trip, I had one particularly memorable lunch and I don't think I paid more than 800 yen. I found this restaurant on the way to the Shinjuku station from our apartment. When I saw that men in suits and ties were standing in line, I knew it couldn't be that bad.
From there on, it was just love at first sight and bite, so to speak. The young man who runs the place (I think he's the owner) is very funny and personable. And the food? I can't stop thinking/obsessing about how tasty everything was and you can tell from this blog entry that I'm not the only one (warning: contains food porn):
Here is another review with a pic of their menu:
The reviewer comments that:
"スンゴク旨いんですけど、言葉がでないんですけど、料理人さんをお呼びして抱きしめたいくらいなんですけど" (It was so good, I was left speechless. I wanted the chef to come to my table so I could give him a hug).
If you are in Shinjuku area or even if you are not, try this place. You won't be sorry. I know I'm going back there for dinner next time.