Sliding open the door of Kuri feels like unearthing a secret treasure. Hidden on the second floor of a drab building in Ginza, this cozy bar seats a scant thirteen, yet boasts a menu featuring over 100 varieties of sake. The modern Japanese decor deftly employs noren curtains, dark wood, and soft lights to create an intimate and inviting space. Sake bottles are attractively displayed behind the bar on a tall shelf set into the wall. There's room for six at the bar, with a handful of small tables on the other side of a slatted-wood partition.
Sake is the star here: the menu changes weekly and includes a number of seasonal, limited-edition, and aged items (the bar is related to the sake shop Kurihara in Hiroo). Servings are available in three sizes - 60ml, 120ml, and 180ml - but the Y2000 tasting sets (a flight of six 60ml cups) are highly recommended. Should you tire of sake, you can choose from 20-30 kinds of shochu (available in 45ml and 95ml servings starting at Y300 per glass).
They don't serve much in the way of food, so dinner here is not an option. The food menu is comprised of savory snacks from all over Japan - herring pickled with sansho from Fukushima, tofu marinated in chunky miso from Kumamoto, hotaru ika no shiokara from Toyama. Budget around Y3500 per person (Y800 seating charge includes an assortment of small snacks).
by Melinda Joe