Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2012
In the kooky lanes of Kichijoji an atmospheric wine and tapas bar sits just round the corner from Zara, Gap and the gigantic patio of Starbucks. Chill (1F Grandale Kichijoji Bldg, 2-13-7 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi; www.cree-co.com) has a rotating selection of daily wines (glasses from ¥390; bottles from a reasonable ¥2,400), and daily Spanishesque specials cooked up by the expert hands of the two Kuboyama brothers. The long counter is the place to sit, and unmissable dishes include the beetroot salad (¥400) and the Spanish jamón (¥600). Get inspiration for your grape choices in the bathroom, wallpapered with labels of bottles gone by.