If you've grown tired of paying absurd mark-ups for inferior bottles of vino, head to this basement wine bar and restaurant in Aoyama. A casual sister establishment of the upscale restaurant Julia in Jingumae, this W Aoyama dishes up modern seafood dishes, pasta and dishes of charcoal-grilled cuts of meat and fish to pair with both old and new world wines.
Most of the dishes are seasonal, including the signature seafood platter which can be ordered in single portions or for sharing. With offerings like grilled carrots and burrata, you’re get a simple yet delicious bounty of dishes showcasing the best of the season’s produce.
The wine list is made all the more impressive by the fact that the bottles are being sold at retail price, with a corkage fee of just ¥900 if you want to drink them with your meal. French and US producers are best represented, though there's a bottle for just about every taste (and budget) here.