The Sake Shop Get your kanpai kick

[29/04/09] 

The shop for sake aficionados

Ask anyone who’s sake savvy. The sake selections that you might find at any local Japanese restaurant or supermarket are not only limited, but are also as old as Father Time.

So says Kiyama Manabu, the sake sensei of Hong Kong, who recently opened The Sake Shop in Causeway Bay – the only such shop in the city. He has been a wholesaler of sake for eight years, before opening his first retail shop in Hung Hom. From clear to golden brown sake, Kiyamasan maintains an eclectic selection of 140-150 varieties, which he sources from Japan. As sake is a seasonal drink, he makes sure to update his selection accordingly. His most prized bottle this current season is Kakurei ($4,980), an apple-liciously sweet sake from the Nigata region of Japan, of which there are only 290 bottles in the world. Whether you like your sake cold or hot, unique flavours are abound at The Sake Shop, from plum to grapefruit, and yes, even yogurt sake for your palate pleasing pleasure. Be sure to sign up for one of Kiyamasan’s bimonthly sake tasting dinners.

Note that it’s B.Y.O.G. (as in Bring Your Own Geishas)!

The Sake Shop

www.thesakeshop.com.hk
Rm A, 6/F, Redana Centre, 25 Yiu Wa St., Causeway Bay, Tel: 2575 2003
Rm D2-12, 12/F., Phase ll, Hang Fung Ind. Bldg., 2G Hok Yuen St., Hunghom, Tel: 2127-4208
Open Mon-Sat, 11:30am - 8:30pm; Sun & PH, noon – 7pm

The Nuts & Bolts
Thirsting for superb sake? Go to The Sake Shop for the widest and most eclectic selection of sake in the city.


Photo courtesy of Cassandra Chan.

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