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Sherry Club/
Ginza: Wine bar
₯3572-2527
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The Sherry Club in
Ginza has an ochre
coziness that
envelops you the
minute you sit down.
It is quite possibly
the best place in
Tokyo to familiarize
yourself with the
many styles and
flavors of this
somewhat archaic
tipple which origi-
nated centuries ago,
crafted to ship well
and store even bet-
ter.

A sharpened pencil
and a list of sher-
ries graces every
place setting. Since
this may be over-
whelming for those
not familiar with
sherry, they have
kindly provided
several Y2300 tast-
ing sets, which
include three small
glasses of sherry
ranging from dry to
sweet or pale to
dark, along with a
small platter of
serrano ham, manche-
go cheese, pickles
and olives and a
caperberry.

Equally striking is
the extensive varie-
ty of Spanish food,
highlighted by sev-
eral types of jamon
(traditionally cured
ham, similar to
prosciutto). The
well-aged chorizo is
a spiced hard sau-
sage with an exqui-
sitely nutty and
smoky flavor, with
the chili gently
kicking in as you
chew it. The salchi-
cha is a pungent
salami, with a dry
texture and rich,
fermented flavor. My
favorite was the
lomo - a heavenly,
cured pork loin with
a touch of white
mold on the outer
surface that gives
it a hint of blue
cheese character.

Apart from these,
there is a full menu
of warm tapas. Rec-
ommended are the
chorizo and garbanzo
beans in tomato
sauce (Y700), and
the gazpacho (Y500).
Also available are
salads, pizza, and
an array of rice
dishes including a
rich and very satis-
fying Valencia-style
seafood paella
(Y1800) that's
enough for two.

One surprise was the
selection of five
brands of Spanish
beer, all Y800. The
astonishing variety
of food and drink at
Sherry Club makes it
difficult to get an
overview in one or
two visits. But
since Sherry Club
has been open since
1986, there's every
reason to believe it
will be around for
years to come.
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Chuo-ku, Ginza 6-
3-17, Yugen Bldg. 2/
3F.  Open 5:30-
10pm (LO). Closed
Sundays.
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