Known for their robatayaki cuisine (cooking over hot charcoal), Roka Aldwych is a stylish and slick spot to dip your toes into sake drinking in London. The smart space has a choice of bottles on their drinks menu every day, or keep your eyes peeled for one of the sake masterclasses.
Where To Find The Best Sake In London
Along with banging floral displays and some serious sushi plates, London's Japanese restaurants are also responsible for bringing this city its drink du jour: sake. Traditionally served in small ceramic cups, the fermented rice wine has been knocking around for more than 1,500 years, and while we're only just getting in on the action (a little late to the party, we know...), it's now never been easier to find yourself a glass of the good stuff. Whether you slurp it cold or warm, cloudy or freshly brewed - we've rounded up the best places in London to drink sake.
Home to one of London's most extensive sake selections, Lucky Cat brings you flavours from across Japan. From junmai and ginjo, to nigori, sparkling and very unique speciality options, you can either head down and sample at your own speed, or book in for the speciality masterclass.
Founded by MasterChef's youngest ever winner, Nanban is a cool Japanese restaurant in Brixton that makes drinking sake all the more accessible. The menu is organised according to taste and flavour - rather than the grade - and there's an affordable tasting flight if you want to sip several.
Don't be fooled by the name, Beer & Buns also has a sweet little selection of sake. The Liverpool Street bar has given the traditional Izakaya a twist, with pinball machines, tasty hirata buns, and two types of sake: one served warm and the other cold.
Pairing luxurious interiors with an indulgent menu of authentic Japanese fare, TOKii is bringing London a unique way to drink sake. Experience expertly-sourced bottles with plates of hand-crafted sushi, sashimi, seafood and mouthwatering meats from the Robata grill.
If cooking your own high grade fish and steak on a warmed volcanic stone wasn't enough of a thrill, Hot Stone in Angel also have a cracking sake menu. The intimate North London restaurant serves the tipple in bottles or via a tasting flight, the latter of which is great if you're interested in the different flavour profiles available.
And the prettiest London sake bar? That's got to be Zuma in Kensington, which brings the blossom season to the city every darn day. If you know your stuff, dive straight into their extensive sake menu, or if you're new to this drink, try one of the sake-infused cocktails; the Rubabu is a slinky little mix of rhubarb-infused sake, vodka, and passion fruit.
The clue is in the title with this fun Heddon Street number. Owned by a sake brewery, the spot's name means sake cellar -and a look at the list tells you that you're in good hands. With one of the city's most comprehensive menus, the bar has everything from cloudy variations through to the award-winning Gekkeikan Tokusan.