How to enjoy “Sake,” the partner for Japanese cuisine
Sake goes really well with Japanese cuisine.
Made from rice, sake is packed with the sweetness of the rice and goes well with fish or salt-seasoned dishes. As there are about 5,000 breweries in Japan, the number of sake brands is close to 20,000. That's why, depending on the food being served at different times, it’s possible to be flexible in choosing the most suitable sake. In other words, sake is the “partner” that best complements Japanese cuisine.
There are an infinite number of ways to match sake and Japanese cuisine. In order to make your “Washoku and Sake” an unforgettable experience, we will give a simple explanation of how to enjoy sake. If you read this, you will definitely become able to get greater enjoyment from sake and Japanese cuisine!
If you’re going to enjoy sake with Japanese cuisine, knowing the difference between junmaishu, ginjoshu, and daigijoshu is a must. Here we will give a brief explanation of the three types of sake.
The sake in the picture is「Kame no O Kurabu / 亀の尾 蔵舞」(from Akita Prefecture).
(Junmaishu / Taken at Jiki Miyazawa)
The sake in the picture is「黒龍 / Kokuryu」 (from Fukui Prefecture)
(Junmai Ginjoshu / Taken at Masaki)
The sake in the picture is 「Kagura Shichyou / 神蔵七曜」(Kyoto Prefecture)
(Junmai Daiginjoshu / Taken at Nijo-jo Furuta)
You go to a washoku restaurant not to drink sake but to enjoy a meal, so naturally the leading role goes to the food and we want you to eat, tasting washoku slowly and deeply. That’s what the sake is for.
The best way is probably to ask the restaurant owner to recommend three types of sake. When the time comes to try the sake, there are so many varieties that it’s a daunting task to choose the best sake to suit the food. At that point, you order by saying to the owner,
“Osusume no Osake wo Onegaishimasu.”
(Could you select a nice sake for us?)
Many owners of washoku restaurants are also experts on sake. They are sure to choose the perfect sake to go with the food they themselves serve!
This time we’d like to introduce a couple of restaurants that specialize in sake, where you can relax and enjoy sake and small appetizers, Otsumami. It goes without saying that they are both delicious, and you can really
If you come here, you will definitely have a fun night!
There are counter seats, seated tables, and standing tables, so happily it works for any scenario. It is a specialized restaurant, and it is dominated by a blackboard decorated with rows of large sake bottles that covers an entire wall. The explanations written in chalk that accompany each sake bottle are very cute.
They stock an abundance of sake varieties that change daily. Any time you come to this restaurant there is something different to enjoy and it never gets old.
The owner says, “I want people to enjoy eating Japanese food and go home happy.” That sentiment is equally true for foreign customers. For example, even if you order only one item from the menu, you will sense his hospitality.
How the traditional Kyoto dishes of namafu, tofu, and yuba are made is explained on the first page of the menu. Whether it’s the food, the sake, or the space, everything is mindful of trying to please their customer, and your stomach and heart are sure to be satisfied.