DJ Sarasa discovered the joy of tacos while traveling south of the US border, but couldn't find the real Mexican-style article after she returned to Tokyo, and so Casa de Sarasa was born. The kitchen turns out a wide range of taco variations as well as meaty dishes like grilled lamb chops, stewed pork belly with salsa verde, and beef-tripe noodle soup. There are numerous combination platters if you have trouble deciding.
Five well-constructed salsas and scrumptious home-made corn tortillas help set these tacos apart from the mostly Tex-Mex Tokyo competition. Tacos are bite-sized and reasonably priced, so you can try a few variations over the course of a meal.
Tasty side dishes like Mexican-style grilled corn and three-cheese nachos are much more Mex than Tex-Mex, as are the mains. There's an extensive tequila list, with tequila flights that allow you to sample and compare different types, and entertaining tequila-based cocktails like the bracing cucumber-jalapeno margarita.
The dining room is small and cozy, with a bit of counter seating if you come on your own, and the decor is festive but not overly kitschy. Not surprisingly the Latin-music soundtrack, put together by DJ Sarasa herself, is first-rate. Budget around Y3000-4000 for food and drink.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.