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Tamaya/
Okachimachi: Bar
₯5812-4345
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Tamaya has all the
makings of a great
neighborhood wine
bar: a lively but
relaxed atmosphere,
a well-chosen selec-
tion of reasonably
priced wines; and
tasty, tapas-sized
dishes. The only
problem is getting
in. The bar, which
can accommodate a
mere 28, is so popu-
lar that it can be
hard to get a seat
without a reserva-
tion.

Seating on the non-
smoking first floor
is counter-only. In
the brightly lit
smoking section
upstairs, a row of
small tables is
arranged in front of
a long red ban-
quette.

The weekly wine list
spans the Old and
New Worlds, but
wines from France,
Italy, and Spain
tend to dominate.
Most of the bottles
are priced comfort-
ably in the Y3000-
4000 range, and many
- if not all - can
be seen on the tall
shelves behind the
bar seats, or in the
fridge by the en-
trance. The list
offers a number of
easy-drinking, food-
friendly wines such
as Joseph Drouhin
Bourgogne (Y3800)
that go well with
Tamaya's French- and
Italian-inspired bar
snacks.

Much of the food
menu is comprised of
sharable small
plates (Y400-), and
everything is nicely
prepared. A scoop of
chicken liver pate,
whipped with a gen-
erous dose of cream,
is light and fluffy,
while the pork pate
de campagne is
satisfyingly dense.
Twin skewers of
grilled tsubugai,
drizzled with garlic
oil, have a hint of
earthiness reminis-
cent of escargot.
Slices of simply
grilled aigamo duck
are juicy and fla-
vorful.

An intensely gar-
licky dish of sau-
sage pasta, tossed
with broccoli puree
and olive oil may
lack subtlety, but
Tamaya is better
suited to an evening
out with friends
than a romantic
dinner a deux. Bud-
get around Y4000 for
ample food and
drink.
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Taito-ku, Ueno 1-
10-10.  Open 11:
30am-2, 5-11pm.
Closed Sundays.
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