This lively basement restaurant offers a great selection of wines from around the world at close to wine-shop prices. In fact a small retail wine shop is set up at the entrance, stocking a lot of nice New World and European choices in the Y2000-3000 range. Just pick up a bottle that looks appealing and bring it back to your table; the corkage charge is only Y600. Staff are ready to offer advice if you ask.
The wine-friendly food menu - cheeses, small-plate tapas dishes, and grilled meats and vegetables - is also quite reasonable. We enjoyed some well-prepared charcoal-grilled lamb, zucchini and asparagus, and a tasty shrimp ajillo among other things, and while a couple of the meat dishes were on the chewy side, the flavors were consistently pleasing.
Some seating is at big group tables, which can get crowded, so it's worthwhile to reserve a few days in advance to get counter seating or a private table. Budget around Y3500-4500 for dinner, which will include a far better grade of wine than is usual at this price level.
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