In our book, anything that's been slowly grilled over charcoal -- and as long as it's not slathered in a thick, savory, soy-based tare sauce -- goes beautifully with wine. And if the kitchen is using fine ingredients and premium charcoal, especially the variety known as bincho, then it's worth uncorking a bottle that means business.
Les Vinum: Wine and BBQ in wafu style
Name (J) レ・ビノム
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Excellent grilled food, especially the gibiers; and top marks for the wine pricing
The location feels a bit remote (neither Hiroo nor there, you might say).
Drinks Beer from ¥600; wine from ¥800/glass, from ¥4,400/bottle; grappa from ¥800
Number of seats 24 (including eight at the counter).
BGM Up-tempo modern jazz
Smoking No smoking
LA Nishi-Azabu 1F, 4-5-8 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
6 p.m.-2 a.m. (Sunday and holidays 5:30 p.m.-midnight)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From Exit 3 of Hiroo Station, walk up Gaien-Nishi-dori in the direction of Nishi-Azabu. At the second traffic light, turn left, then turn right past Da Noi Italian restaurant. Les Vinum is on the right after 50 meters.