The deli counter at Station Cafe Basel was an unexpected discovery - an appetizing selection of around twenty vegetable-centric (but non-vegetarian) light dishes that you can mix and match, for here or to go. They also serve dessert, good coffee, a half dozen Japanese craft beers on tap, and wines. A well-stocked produce market is located right inside the shop if you want fresh vegetables to take home.
Basel's tap list is very local in its focus, which we think is an admirable policy. During a recent visit we found beers from three Western Tokyo breweries (Cool Air One, Vertere and Tama no Megumi) as well as Outsider (just up the road in Kofu) and the ever-popular Coedo (Kawagoe). All beers are priced at Y950 for a US pint or Y650 for a 250ml glass.
If you're eating here, Y900 gets you a reasonably big helping of three cold deli items of your choice, plus a bit of salad. (The same selection is Y850 to take home.) Vegetables are top quality and flavors are far from bland - our cauliflower salad was quite garlicky, and our lentil salad was seasoned with a nice combination of spices and just a hint of apple cider and other fruit.
The spacious dining area is comfortably casual, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto passing pedestrian traffic.
The shop is located in the "Osoto" section of the Ecute complex, along the western-most pedestrian walkway between the two monorail stations and right outside the North Gate (not the North Exit) of the JR station. With its convenient location and casual setting, Basel makes a good first or last stop on a Tachikawa craft-beer tour, or a take-out meal on your way back from the nearby Ikea or Lalaport shopping mall.