Everybody's favourite secret wine bar in Shibuya, Ahiru Store's reputation has far outstripped the size of its premises. Located at the far end of Tomigaya (it's actually closer to Yoyogi-Koen Station than Shibuya), this corner bar is run by a sibling tag-team: he takes care of the wine list, she bakes the bread and oversees the food. Both are consistently interesting: sommelier Teruhiko Saito sticks to natural wines, predominantly French and many from little-known producers, with a rotating selection available by the glass from ¥800. Meanwhile, the kitchen serves up some superior bistro fare, running from sister Wakako's excellent rustic breads to generous salads to housemade sausages and pates. Portions are generous, and the food can be pretty imaginative, such as a wasabi-infused salad of chunky avocado and octopus. Good luck scoring a seat, though: Ahiru Store only takes reservations until 6.30pm at the latest, and it's not unusual to see hungry customers queueing patiently outside during the evening.
|Venue name:||Ahiru Store||Contact:|
1-19-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 6pm-12midnight, Sat 3pm-9pm / closed Sun, hols, 1st Sat of every month|
|Transport:||Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Ginza, Hanzomon, Denentoshi, Keio Inokashira lines)|