La Cocina del Cuatro, Spanish bar in Koenji, Tokyo

Friday, March 1, 2013
ラ・コシナ・デル・クアトロ 高円寺

Front of La Cocina del Cuatro, Spanish-style bar in Koenji, Tokyo.

La Cocina del Cuatro is a Spanish-style bar in Tokyo's Koenji district, Koenji being rightly famous in Tokyo for its fun-loving streetwise sophisticates and the numerous bars and shops that cater to them.

La Cocina del Cuatro ("The Kitchen on Block No.4") was established in December 2010, the owner having apprenticed with the well-known bar owner/restauranteur, Johnny, who ran a very popular Spanish-style bar in Koenji for a some years. Modeled on the bar that forms an intrinsic part of life in every Spanish neighborhood, La Cocina del Cuatro aspires to serve the same role, bringing people together who love good food, wine and acquaintanceship.

A delectable taste of Spain is guaranteed with a menu featuring estofado, paella, tapas and more, accompanied by a wide selection of Spanish wines and sherries, and other liqueurs. A grand leg of ham adorns the counter from which the chef shaves slices trademark La-Cocina-del-Cuatro-paper-thin: best for fully savoring the exquisitely matured depth of flavor.

An evening at La Cocina del Cuatro, Spanish-style bar in Koenji, Tokyo.

La Cocina del Cuatro boasts decor in the best possible minimal taste: brightly and simply  Mediterranean in mood. The furniture is an understated highlight of the bar, handmade in high quality wood and inimitable Nordic style by the bar owner's brother, a furniture artisan who studied his craft in Finland.

There is seating for 8 at the counter at this classy bar, and for about a dozen at the tables. Some waiting staff speak English.

La Cocina del Cuatro is recommended for couples or small groups.

La Cocina del Cuatro is open from Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 3:00 pm for lunch (last orders 2:00 pm Tue-Fri, 2:30 pm Sat/Sun), then from 6:00 to late, last food orders at 11:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

La Cocina del Cuatro, Spanish-style bar,
4-23-2 Koenji-minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0003
Tel. 03-3315-0775


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