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 nine 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.
Where: 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.
Where: Lobby level, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach.
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.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach.
At Etsu they say Sake has something to give that wine can’t, most notably texture and umami (the flavours that’s neither sweet nor sour). 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.
Where: Between Bondi Ave and Sportsmans Ave, Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach.
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.
Where: 16A Robina Quays Shopping Centre, Corner of Robina Parkway and Markeri Street, Robina.
Eddy + Wolff
The intimate little venue hidden away in Robina, Eddy + Wolff are the masters of contemporary Asian eats, tasty tipples and an interior like no other. You’ll love the rounded, polished concrete ceiling, neon sign and soft pink hues that make up the stunning space. Of course, the team have chosen only the very best Sakes to compliment their menu including one reminiscent of Limoncello that we simply can’t get enough of. The perfect spot to share a Sake with your pals. Love your work guys.
Where: 12/217-219 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Iku Yakitori Bar
Sister venue to the delightful Etsu, Iku Yakitori Bar is a Burleigh favourite boasting many a delicious Japanese dish cooked over Binchotan coals and with lots of extra smoky flavours. Of course, there’s a handpicked selection of Sakes on offer of the absolute highest quality possible as is the way of the Iku team. Ask the bar tenders the story behind each and prepare to be dazzled by not only their knowledge but the unique flavours on offer. Good times.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
A hidden gem out the back of Burleigh, Wazen is serving up incredible Japanese eats at VERY affordable prices. The menu is large so go there at a very hungry time and, of course, don’t forget to sample a few Sakes while you’re there. There are many authentic varieties to try and the staff know exactly what they’re talking about so ask what will best go with your favourite dishes and you’ve got yourself a time.
Where: 1/33 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Burleigh Heads Road
Words by Kirra Smith.