Bikini Tapa
Shibuya: Spanish
Bikini Tapa (Shibuya: Spanish)
Bikini Tapa
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

More ambitious than your typical Tokyo tapas bar, Bikini offers a wide menu of modern Catalan cuisine, including various pintxos, jamon plates and other appetizing Basque-style small dishes. The wine list features unusual choices like txakoli (a lightly sparkling white wine from the Basque region) and Spanish cider along with several varieties of Cava and sherry. You can choose from around twenty wines by the glass and many more by the bottle.

Wines are priced from Y480 per glass and pintxos are Y280-380, making Bikini a budget-friendly destination if you just want a quick glass of wine and a snack. Pintxos highlights include the very meaty Majorca sausage and manchego cheese, and a satisfyingly garlic-infused sauteed prawn and cream cheese combo. The sauteed peppers were an interesting experience - most were quite mild but maybe one out of five was incredibly spicy, leading to a peppery game of Russian Roulette.

If you decide to settle in for the evening, there's a full menu of grilled meats, paella and fideo (like paella but made with short pasta noodles instead of rice). Lunchtime options include an excellent seafood-heavy fideo (Y1100) and a special paella lunch with five assorted pintxos (Y2100). Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime for a good amount of food and drink.

Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-12-5, Mark City East 4F.
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