Chow Rundown: La Cuchara

With the Spanish flag hanging outside and doodles all over the window, you won’t miss it walking around Kagurazaka. It’s a small restaurant which seats about 20 people comfortably. The staff is young and service pace is relatively fast if you come in on a Saturday afternoon. I do believe the place gets busy around 7 in the evening.

La Cuchara 5

They have a great selection of Iberian wines for sale, conveniently located on wooden shelves at the end of the room. Prices start at about ¥4,000 yen all the way to ¥9,000. The place is great for an intimate hang out with friends. They mostly serve tapas but have larger plates if your appetite calls for it.

La Cuchara


Iidabashi Map

Best accessed through Tozai, Yurakucho or Oedo line by Iidabashi station.

4 Chome-3, Omiya Bldg. 2F
Kagurazaka, Shinjuku

Open from 05:30 PM – 01:30 AM.
Closed on Mondays.

Kagurazaka (French Quarter)




Chill Hangouts, Date Night


La Cuchara 2Assorted Charcuterie

I absolutely LOVE Iberico ham! They have a great selection and I would have gladly ordered more!

Potato Salad with Cumin

The waiter made a mistake with our order and gave us the potato salad with cumin instead of Patatas Bravas. That said we were willing to try it. This potato salad literally tastes like something I would buy at a convenience store and add cumin to. Shame.

Pork and Chicken Liver Paté

Amazing! Love the peppery taste from the red peppercorns and the hint of sweetness from the raisins. I wish we order their assorted selection of cheeses. It would have been a great accompaniment.

Tortilla Chips with Melted Gorgonzola

Who thought that melted blue cheese would be a great dip for homemade tortilla chips? I certainly didn’t! This little snack opened my eyes to other uses of Gorgonzola! Can’t wait to try and experiment with this recipe at home!

La Cuchara 3Cream Croquettes

Sorely disappointed with this dish. It was typical Japanese croquettes and not at all what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I love Japanese croquettes. However, I expected a creamier texture and actual Jamón Serrano inside. Oh well.

La Cuchara 4Seafood Paella

I admit that we were attracted to this place because they had paella in their menu. Unfortunately, this is not traditional paella. It’s the Japanese version of paella which weirdly includes Shimeji mushrooms. Not bad but it’s definitely something I would not order again.


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