La Taperia, Yotsuya-sanchome

Time for another short restaurant review! We found another Spanish restaurant, La Taperia in Yotsuya-sanchome. The style of the food here is a little bit more “old style” Spanish than the previous restaurant we went to in Kagurazaka, El Pulpo. However – the quality was good, and one of the most beautiful things about Tokyo is that you can discover these “time capsule” restaurants. The food stays true to the era when the restaurant opened or the era when the chef got his training. This reminded me of early 90’s Spanish food (which is not a bad thing!). The food was good, and the service was great. They also have English speakers at La Taperia. The food was quite a bit heavier than at El Pulpo, but it was tasty and good. As in any other restaurant in Japan, the cheese plate was nothing to call home about, but compared to the price it wasn’t the worst one I had. The meat dish with a blue cheese sauce was surprisingly good. We were recommended a bottle of Spanish white wine, and it complemented most of the dishes quite well. If you are in Yotsuya-sanchome, it is worth a visit if you are in the mood for a bit of heavy Spanish food.


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  1. Taichi says:

    Yummy Spanish seafoods, OISHISOU.

    Araki-tyo(荒木町) near Yotsuya-santyome station is one of the attractive streets in terms of gourmet restaurants in Tokyo, although the street remains little known outside of Quintessential Tokyoites(江戸っ子) .

    It is chaos, but not a underground street like Golden-gai in Shinjuku but a chic street like Kagurazaka (神楽坂).

    Historically, Yotsuya-santyome used to be known for a big Geisha town in Edo era.
    Many geisha used to work at the restaurants in Yotsuya-santyome.

    We can still see a shadow of the town.
    Now, you can find many small restaurants & bars there, not only Japanese traditional restaurants but also French, Spanish, Korean, Indian, Japanese MONK bar, and Tango bar etc…

    I hope you to enjoy wandering and eating there.

    • Sushi Bird says:

      Thank you for all of this info! I really want to explore more little areas that I can get to quickly from Shinjuku. I always end up in Shinjuku, which is a shame. I will make an effort to go more to places like Yotsuya and Kagurazaka for the afternoons this fall.