Bar TRAUMA 恵比寿 (Ebisu)

Ebisu, Tokyo

Bar TRAUMA Recommends: Strega Cauldron

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森の奥深く、魔女が大釜で怪しげな何かを作っている情景をイメージ。ナッツとハーブの相性が良い。

The Italian word for “witch” is “Strega”, which is also the name of the liqueur this cocktail is based on.

Crushing up pistachios and then combining them with Frangelico and almond milk gives a creamy texture to this coniferous concoction.

Hubble bulbble toil and trouble indeed… but which witch is which?

Press: TOKYO HIP BAR [Review]

食べログマガジンさんで連載中の人気コラム「Tokyo Hip Bar」に当店の記事が載っておりますので、お時間ありましたら是非ご覧くださいませ!

https://magazine.tabelog.com/articles/76803

↑ 日本語

↓ English Translation

A Taste of the Brothers’ Grimm.

Authentic bars are all well and good, but where do you go if you fancy a taste of something different? Something a little darker? Cocktails thought up when, for instance, a bartender from the east meets a bartender from the west...?

Take two very different people, have them cross paths and something new will surely come of it. Such was the case when a Japanese bartender, born in the Year of the Tiger (tora-doshi), met an English bartender, born in the Year of the Horse (uma-doshi): together, they’ve opened a bar with a difference in Ebisu.

Named after combining the pair’s respective zodiac signs (tora-uma), it is no coincidence that Bar TRAUMA 寅午’s name becomes an English word of shadowy meaning. Step past its cordoned-off smoking room in the foyer and through its gothic arched door, and you’ll be greeted by a stage-like interior, dark and flanked on all sides by red velvet curtains; a twilight zone in which you can either unwind or be tempted to plot your next wicked design. 

You’ll be in need of fuel for your ruminating, and Bar Trauma 寅午 offers eight original cocktails that wouldn’t be amiss nestled amongst the pages of Grimms’ dark fantasies. One, the ‘Strega Cauldron’, is a treat from the witches of old, a mysterious potion concocted in the depths of the forest. Another, the ‘Panacea’, is an elixir blending the healing properties of quinine and honey.

Inspirations don’t stop there, however, as the invigorating ‘Lily White’ blends Marilyn Manson’s own brand of absinthe with Old Tom Gin. A famous Jim Jarmusch film even lends its name to the ‘Coffee & Cigarettes’, for those who like shots of more than just espresso.

In keeping with the red velvet of the curtains, however, I opted for the ‘Anemia’, a vampiric bloodshot of a drink. It’s a mix of cranberry, grenadine and egg white, with a measure of iron-heavy sea buckthorn juice thrown in. To garnish, yukari (Japanese red perilla) is sprinkled on top in the striking shape of a platelet. Very much close to blood in appearance, the sourness of the sea buckthorn marries the sweetness of the grenadine and the softness of the aerated egg white.You will certainly feel like a vampire getting a hit of bloody energy when drinking this cocktail.

“Being a bartender means to be constantly reflecting on your own skills and where or how next to improve,” explains Bar Trauma 寅午‘s Master Bartender, Yusuke Ouchi. “With that in mind, I wanted to open this bar with a partner whose background is completely different to my own.”

That partner stands by his side (above), the English-born Tom Bradnam.

Indeed, the Orient and the Occident differ in a great many ways, from their styles of bartending to their customer service, but these two gentlemen represent a balance of the two in their own right: Yusuke worked a long time bartending in Australia; Tom has created a life for himself in Japan. What unites them is not only their love of bar culture, but how well they both successfully blend different cultures into one.

By all means, come and experience their worldview for yourself, a touch of the out-of-the-ordinary close to home, where dark stories become great cocktails. You’ll be sure to enjoy it.

Tom's Blog: MISTER MONTEIGH

太文字の単語は、下に日本語の説明が書いてあります。英語を磨いていきましょう!

I wonder whether anyone I know owns a punch bowl?

Not the cheap-as-chips ones you can get anywhere on the high street, I’m talking about one of those late-seventeenth century austere centrepieces that dominate the table, embossed and gadrooned to high heaven with notched rims to hang wine cups from. Like if your fruit bowl was taken hostage by drag queens and returned, beaten to the gods…

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◎本日の#仕込み

最近ハマっているchaiを自家製で。

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ブラックティー、スパイス、ハーブ。ふんだんに使っております。

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後にミルクと合わせて甘めでスパイス効いたチャイカクテルになりますのでお楽しみに!

Tom's Blog: BOSTON

下線のある単語リストが写真の下に書いてあります。英語を勉強している方、グッドラック!

I have a small PSA for the folk of Lincolnshire: did you know there’s also a city called Boston in the United States? I promise, I’m not pulling your leg. It’s in the state of Massachusetts, a place that’s both a pretty big deal in the history of cocktail-making as well as a pretty big deal-breaker in your fourth grade spelling bee.

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Hours

Mon. - Sat. 19:00 - 5:00
Sun. 18:00 – 1:00

Bar TRAUMA 寅午

東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1-2-6
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