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šBongout Noh/
Shibuya: French
₯5464-0858
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Casual, stand-up
bars in French bi-
stros have a long
tradition, so when
the popular Shibuya
stand-bar Buchi
decided to open a
branch featuring
wines rather than
sake, it kind of
made sense. But
rather than just
serving a handful of
snacks to go with
their wines, the
kitchen here offers
nearly 100 different
items, with consis-
tently high quality.
You can also choose
from more than sixty
wines, with some
twenty by the glass.
And the fun keeps
going every night
till 3am, perfect
for late-night club-
goers and other
neighborhood night-
owls.

The wine list at
Bongout Noh is re-
freshingly diverse,
primarily French but
supplemented by a
good selection from
Italy, Spain and
various parts of the
New World. Nearly
all the wines run
between Y2500 and
Y4500, with equally
reasonable prices by
the glass, making
this one of the
better bargains in
Tokyo wine bars.

Once your wine is
poured, the food
menu may take awhile
to read through, but
a good place to
start if you're
ravenously hungry is
the "toriazu" sec-
tion of the menu,
featuring quick-
service cold start-
ers. Among these is
a very tasty, nicely
textured duck ter-
rine that's highly
recommended. Another
good starter is the
zucchini fritters -
not too greasy, and
seasoned with good
amounts of garlic
and black pepper.

If you're up for
more substantial
nibbles, the
charcoal-grill menu
is worth a read. A
few of the simpler
items, like the
grilled game bird
served with yuzu-
kosho and spicy
miso, seem to be
more French-inspired
than purely French,
but they stand out
thanks to the high
quality of the in-
gredients. Then
there are dishes
like the grilled
white asparagus -
elegantly presented
with fluffy scram-
bled eggs, parmesan
shavings and pro-
sciutto slices
(great for a late-
night breakfast).
And the garlicky
frog's legs meuniere
are about as French
as you can get.

The decor at Bongout
Noh is simple and
modern, with a roomy
counter bar and a
few tables facing
floor-to-ceiling
windows that look
out onto the street.
A couple of corner
tables include rail-
ings that you can
perch on, and if you
get tired of stand-
ing around there's a
full-service dining
room in back, with
slightly higher (but
still very reason-
able) prices and an
even bigger wine
list of over 100
bottles.

Service is atten-
tive, but the pay-
as-you-go policy can
be a bit awkward -
you have to pony up
every time a dish
arrives. However, it
is nice to be able
to just walk out
when you're ready to
leave. Dishes at the
bar average Y700 or
so, and mains in the
dining room average
Y1500. Food menus
are in Japanese.
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Shibuya-ku, Shi-
buya 1-10-12, Miyagi
Bldg 2F. [from Shi-
buya Post Office
turn left at Office
Depot, then turn
right; it's diago-
nally across from
the 7-11, upstairs]
 Open 5pm-3am
daily.
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