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Vinpicoeur Ginza
Restaurants and bars
Open: Daily in the evening
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: 03 3567 4122
Address: 2F, 4-3-4 Ginza
Country: Japan

Vinpicoeur Ginza is a small, bustling bar on the second floor of a non-descript building right in the heart of the Ginza. The food is excellent (think skewers of pork liver or foie gras cooked over charcoal) and the selection of natural wines is very good.
Of course like all bars in Tokyo they can take a bit of finding. We catch the train to Ginza station and then take exit B2. This is a bit unusual for Tokyo because it is an elevator not a set of stairs or an escalator. When you come out of the lift turn right on the big street then immediately turn right again into the side street. Walk along the side street until you see, in the second floor window, the iconic 'Epaule Jete' poster made by the Bretons. You'll know it when you see it! There will be a couple of 'sandwich' boards on the street and you will see the name of the restaurant written in English. Walk up the stairs and you will find an unmarked door that opens into the bustling bar.
You will immediately be struck by the aromas of charcoal and sizzling pig of all types. Skewers of pork ranging from the leg to the head meat to livers and tripe are deftly handled by the very busy chefs. In front of the bar two or three waiters take orders and recommend wines from the mainly French natural wine list.
Many of the stars of the natural wine community are listed including the venerable Selosse Champagne, the Melon de Bourgogne of Mark Pesnot, the Poulsard of the Tissot family from the Jura and many more.
On the most recent visit we ordered the '6 Skewer Roasting Set' which comprised a skewer each of roast pork leg, asparagus spears wrapped in pancetta, pork head meat, pork livers, fish served with yuzu and foie-gras with a rich balsamic reduction. All were perfectly cooked and very delicious.
We just love the atmosphere here. Despite the fact that it is owned by a multi-national company it feels like a 'real' Japanese bar without any pretension. The things that set it apart are the quality foods they send out, the great choice of natural wines and the great service.
It will become a regular haunt of ours in Tokyo.
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