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šLa Cuchara/
Kagurazaka: Spanish
₯5228-5058
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Convivial bonhomie
beams from the
second-story window
of this lively tapas
bar in Kagurazaka.
Inside, ceramic
plates painted in
sunny Andalucian
colors hang above
the brick-lined
counter. Bottles of
wine, conveniently
marked with prices
and descriptions,
line the tall wooden
shelves at the far
end of the room.
Floor-to-ceiling
windows make the
space seem bigger
than it is -the bar
seats a scant twenty
four -and create an
atmosphere that
feels both intimate
and open.

The crowd, staff
included, is young
and hip in an unpre-
tentious way. Expect
a short wait when
you arrive; the
place fills up after
7pm, but tables turn
quickly. Most people
pop in for drinks
and a few snacks,
but the menu also
features a few larg-
er plates if you
wish to have a full
meal.

The kitchen succeeds
in dishing up tasty
standards like
prawns in sizzling
hot garlic oil
(Y880), satisfyingly
chunky potato cro-
quettes stuffed with
Jamon Serrano
(Y680), and a deli-
cate platter of
sweet organic vege-
tables served with a
light bagna caulda
dipping sauce
(Y780). A couple of
unusual items from
the blackboard spe-
cials menu, such as
bite-sized skewers
of bonito and salty
dried fish roe
(Y380), offered a
pleasant surprise.
Lamb chops from the
iron griddle
(Y1600), however,
failed to impress.

A nice variety of
wines are available
by the glass (six
whites, six reds,
and two cavas), with
even more choices by
the bottle. As is
fitting for a Span-
ish bar, Iberian
selections dominate
the wine list, but
France, Italy, and
the New World are
also represented. If
you plan on having
more than one or two
glasses, ordering by
the bottle is prob-
ably your best bet -
the service, though
friendly and well
intentioned, can be
painfully slow.
Budget around Y5000
per person.
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Shinjuku-ku, Kagu-
razaka 4-3, Omiya
Bldg 2F.  Open 5:
30pm-1:30am (LO).
Closed Mondays.
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