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šKiraz/
Meguro: Spanish
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Kiraz is not only
one of our favorite
sake bars in Tokyo,
it's also one of our
favorite Spanish
restaurants. It
turns out that sake
and Spanish food
work surprisingly
well together, and
Kiraz's selection of
bold, assertive
sakes from small
craft breweries
around the country
is particularly
suited to the food.

Kiraz's kitchen is a
bit more sophisti-
cated than your
typical Tokyo Span-
ish restaurant,
although the dishes
are still comfort-
ably casual - char-
cuterie platters,
tapas-style small
dishes, grilled
meats and paella.
The menu is written
on an overhead
chalkboard and
changes daily, but
the assorted appe-
tizer platter is a
good bet to start
with. Ours included
an appetite-whetting
lineup of stuffed
mushrooms, Spanish
omelette, anko-liver
pate, marinated fish
with carrot salad,
and a couple of
different cured
meats.

Our grilled Iberico
pork platter was
well marbled and big
enough to share,
served with an ap-
pealing assortment
of grilled root
vegetables. Garlicky
ajillo dishes have
become a standard
offering in Tokyo
izakaya, but the
ones here showcase
top-quality seafood
and other ingre-
dients, and stand
out from the crowd.
(Be sure to ask for
bread on the side
though.)

Another highlight of
the evening was an
unusual assemblage
of cream cheese,
dried figs and
smoked venison. It
was listed on the
starter menu but we
had it for dessert,
paired with a fruity
and slightly cloudy
nigori sake.

There's no sake list
per se, but you can
inspect the bottles
in the refrigerator
for yourself. The
selection includes a
lot of unfiltered,
unpasteurized sake
with fresh, lively
flavors, many of
them seasonal spe-
cials. Most of the
breweries were unfa-
miliar to us, but
the staff are more
than happy to make
suggestions after
consulting with you
(in Japanese) on
your preferences.

You can order sake
by the 90ml glass,
or ask them to put
together tasting
flights for you.
There are also prix-
fixe menus and sake-
pairing options that
may be less daunting
than navigating the
hand-written chalk-
board menu and sake
fridge. Budget
around Y7000 for
food and drink;
prix-fixe menus are
priced Y3500-8000.
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Meguro-ku, Mita 2-
9-5.  Open 6:30-
11pm. Closed
Mondays.
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