A traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, Sake originated in Japan over 1,300 years ago. Traditionally revered as an offering to the Gods it has become popular worldwide thanks to its unique hot and cold varieties and its ability to enhance the tastes of our beloved Japanese food.
In honour of the sacred brew, we found the six best Sake sipping spots on the Coast. Kanpai!
Misono Japanese Steakhouse
An in-house specialty, Sake is much loved at Misono. Served solo in six varieties and with detailed explanations of each on the menu, Misono’s Sake options all fall within the range of the four main designations of the drink (dependent on how much the rice grains are polished). Not only can you drink it alone, Misono specialise in cocktails incorporating Sake for something totally unique. Try the Kiwi Sparkler with Sake, muddled kiwifruit and lime on ice topped up with sparkling wine. Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise.
Masters in the art of Sake service, the team at Kyomi have been through a rigorous training program to ensure they really know their stuff. Offering a sample from each category of Sake, flavours range from earthy mushroom to citrusy and floral in both still and sparkling varieties. Kiyomi serves their warm Sake at 46 degrees, the traditional temperature, and present it in a stone Tokkuri, handmade in Japan. Cold Sake comes in a mouth-blown Tokkuri made with a large divot for holding ice spheres to keep it at the correct temperature. Sake sipping at Kiyomi is a must do. For bookings call 1800 074 344. Lobby level, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach.
At Etsu they say Sake has something to give that wine can’t, most notably texture and umami (that next flavour). With over 16 varieties of Sake from seven different regions of Japan on offer, Etsu have one of the most diverse ranges on the Coast. Keen to try them all? Ask for a Sake Flight – three, 40ml samples of selected Sakes. Add a little fun to your dinner with a selection of one cup Sake, take-home souvenir cups printed with popular classic Japanese cartoon and Disney characters. Between Bondi Ave and Sportsmans Ave, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach.
TEN Japanese Restaurant
Passionate about the unique characteristics of Sake, TEN offer 14 varieties ranging in taste from aromatic to rich and refreshing to aged. Their Sake menu goes into great depth explaining the flavours, fragrances and characteristics of each drop depending on the region it hails from and the grade of rice used to create it. Try a glass, a bottle or a jug (if you’re game) or ease yourself in with a Sake Tasting Set made up of three different types. Meriton Pegasus Building (opposite The Star) 2669 – 2679 Gold Coast Hwy.
A casual atmosphere with venues in both Broadbeach and Coolangatta, O’Sushi offers nine varieties of Sake with the best names of the bunch ranging from the smooth and best served warm to the sweet and best served chilled. The Suishin “Drunken Heart” is a robust Sake with a smooth finish while the Otokoyama “Mountain Man” is a clear Sake that leaves a soft feel on the palate. There’s also the “Demon Slayer” and the “White Crane” to keep you on your toes. For bookings call (07) 5536 5455 (Coolangatta) or (07) 5570 2166 (Broadbeach). 12 Charles Ave, Broadbeach and The Strand, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta.
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar
Specialising in an enticing blend of modern and traditional tastes Mamasan, in Broadbeach, offers a range of Sakes from house to premium and specialty sweet blends. Ranging from dry to delicate and fruity to floral, flavours include apricot and marzipan, mandarin and lime, tropical fruits and banana and savoury and nutty, just to name a few! Mamasan also offer a Sake Flight served chilled and made of three, 30ml choices from the menu. For bookings call (07) 5527 5700. 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach.
Tucked away in Robina Quays is Cocotte offering a fusion of Japanese and French dining and plenty of Sake options to compliment the delicious dishes. Eight options await from the popular Hyogo, Yamaguchi and Fukui regions available both by the glass and the bottle. A favourite is the Dassai Junmai Daiginjo made with rice milled to just 23% of it’s original size and boasting flavours of grapes, flowers, strawberries and the freshest mineral water. 16A Robina Quays Shopping Centre, Corner of Robina Parkway and Markeri Street, Robina.
Words by Kirra Smith.