La Pioche

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MONDAY - FRIDAY: 5:30 P.M. - 1 A.M.
+81 3 3669 7988 | WEBSITE

In May 2013 Shinya Hayashi opened the doors to this terrific French bistro in Tokyo’s business district. While a somewhat unlikely location for a natural wine bar, La Pioche has gained an instant following, thanks, in large part, to Shinya-san. An all-out Japanese Francophile, his wine list focuses on the wines of France (though it does venture into other parts of the world as well) with a particular emphasis on gamay from both Beaujolais and the Loire. In addition to the extensive wine list, the bar serves a constantly rotating menu of French-inspired chargrilled fish, meat and game, charcuterie and a wide variety of organically grown vegetables. (La Pioche,ラピヨッシュ: 中央区日本橋蛎殻町1-18-1)

Known For
  • natural wine
  • French wine
  • full menu
What to drink
Gamay. Be sure to ask Shinya-san if he happens to have any back-vintage Morgon hiding in the cellar.
If you are coming with a group, be sure to book in advance. If rolling solo or with a date, the counter is a great spot for a tête-à-tête dinner.