CHOP Steakhouse

The judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists were captivated by the wine program at Tokyo’s Chop.

As senior judge Alder Yarrow said, “it is really nicely designed, and the curation in terms of diversity is excellent. It’s so well-edited, and with really nice descriptions on all the by-the-glass wines,” after reviewing it for the first time in 2015, and it has only continued to impress.

In terms of its content, the judges singled out its California selection for particularly high praise. “This is a really nice collection of Calfornia wines, with lots of different vintages,” said Elin McCoy, a view echoed by Francis Percival who pointed out that it featured every facet of the state’s production, “classic modern, new wave and classic old names.”

That the Chop list is dominated by California is not surprising given that the restaurant is inspired by the steakhouses of the USA. But there are other strengths, too, in a list that also features intelligent choices from Europe and the rest of the New World.