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Zoogunzoo/
Omotesando: Wine bar
¥3400-1496
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There's nothing
wrong with drinking
wine in a cave,
especially one as
stylish and comfort-
able as this. The
interior here is a
Tokyo-exotic mix of
baked-mud walls,
heavy wooden furni-
ture, and organic-
looking extra-ter-
restrial lighting
fixtures like some-
thing from the set
of "Alien".

The background music
runs from African
roots to acid jazz,
occasionally punctu-
ated by the sound of
crickets off in the
distance. If you
want an even cozier
setting, you can
reserve the tiny
private room tucked
away in the back.

Candles and pinpoint
spotlights are stra-
tegically arranged
to allow you to read
the wine list, which
is definitely worth
studying - there are
around 100 different
wines, from all
parts of Australia
and New Zealand,
organized by varie-
tal. Most are avail-
able by the glass,
although for some of
the more expensive
bottles there's a
two-glass minimum.
If you're not sure
exactly what you
want, the smart and
helpful staff are
ready to give you
advice once you tell
them your budget
range. (Bottles
start at Y3000-5000,
and glasses are
usually 25% of the
bottle price.)

The food menu plays
a supporting role to
the wines, with
fairly straightfor-
ward dishes like
lamb chops, grilled
fish and pastas. We
recently enjoyed a
fascinating avocado
and marscapone
spread with garlic
toast, woodsy sau-
teed eringe mush-
rooms, and a lightly
dressed carpaccio of
tai (sea bream).
Late at night there
are cheese and other
snacks. (The bar is
often open past 2am.
)

Seating is limited,
so it's a good idea
to call ahead. The
wine list, food menu
(Japanese only), and
floorplan can be
inspected on their
website (http://www.
unitedf.com/zoogun-
zoo/). They even
explain the bar's
name (they claim
it's a mythical
African fish).
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Shibuya-ku, Shi-
buya 2-9-11, Aoyama
City Bldg. B1F. 
Open 6pm-2am. Closed
Sundays.
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