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Wine Time

October 12, 2015
There’s no getting around it. Bitty riverside wineshop Fujimaru is so tricky to locate that any committed explorer who undertakes the task will certainly be in need of a stiff drink when they manage to do so.

Set on the rear side of a recently revamped building by the banks of the Kanda in Nihonbashi, the entrance to this pseudo-cellar is distinguished by a single red sign. Step through the door beneath and you’ll find nothing but a stark concrete stairwell, that you’ll have to scale to the second floor in order to reach the neat space of concrete-cladding and floor-to-ceiling shelves sporting some 1,200+ bottles. So at least that aforementioned well-earned bev can be of whatever varietal you fancy.

Take a seat at the small counter overlooking an open kitchen and request the long listings, which feature top drops sourced mainly from France, alongside titles from Italy, Australia and even Japan.

To pair with your pours, expect the kind of classic comfort dishes you might find in a Parisian brasserie. Think smooth chicken liver mousse with crusty bread, lobster rolls, Wagyu beef coated in simple pepper sauce and wild venison from Hokkaido. Schlep or no schlep, you can hardly wine about that!

3/F / Holon / 3-12-12 Kita-Aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 3499 6700 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sun /