This cramped, multi-level restaurant has become one of Shinbashi's most popular after-work destinations, by doing something that so many of its rivals struggle to achieve: serving decent Italian nosh at affordable prices. Almost everything on Uokin's food menu clocks in at well under ¥1,000, though both the quality and portion sizes would seem to demand rather more than that. The parmesan risotto, made with barley instead of rice, is a winner; ditto the hearty bowls of spaghetti and bagna cauda, though our grilled sailfish (one of that day's specials) is a bit too dry. Bottles of wine start at ¥2,800, including a good selection of Italian varieties, while the by-glass servings are some of the most generous we've seen. The action is spread across multiple floors of table seating – plus a little bit of standing room by the entrance – which the wait staff navigate at a furious clip that's matched only by the speed at which dishes come out of the kitchen. It's all mildly chaotic, and cracking value – which might be why you'll need to book in advance if you want to score a table most nights.
|Venue name:||Italian Bar Uokin|
3-16-20 Shinbashi, Minato-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 5pm-11.30pm (last orders 10.30pm); Sat, Sun & hols 4pm-11pm (10pm)|
|Transport:||Shinbashi Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Tokaido, Ginza, Asakusa lines), Karasumori exit|