If you're anything like us, you have Japanese cuisine on the brain. Whether you've discovered sake while munching on maki rolls in your local sushi restaurant or have tasted the fermented rice delicacy on your travels; we know that once you've got the taste for it there's no going back. Luckily, we have compiled a list of 9 stunning sake bars in Sydney.
Niji is one of Sydney's swankiest sushi bars, adorned with dark timber tables and sultry warm lighting. This spot oozes class, making it perfect for intimate meals and for date night. Grab yourself a Love Boat platter with assorted tempura, beef bulgogi and California rolls, or a hot plate of grilled salmon teriyaki. They also have a sophisticated drinks menu, with a great deal of sake and cocktails to keep you satisfied.
Saké Restaurant & Bar
Saké Restaurant & Bar is one of Australia's staple flagships and it really does know how to serve the best tipple. Located in an elegant split-level heritage building in The Rocks, it is decked with brightly coloured barrels and an entire wall of stunning artwork. You can taste sake by the glass or carafe, from a fruity Chiebijin with notes of melon, to a mellow and warm Kizakura, served at the optimum temperature of 55 degrees.
Atmosphere is at the heart of Masuya, as they bring theatricality to Sydney's sushi scene with an impressive five metre long sushi counter, designed by architect Robert Toland. After enjoying fresh wagyu beef, free-range pork, and seasonal vegetables, you can get in a few rounds of sake tasting with their monthly special flight boards.
Kaito Sake Bar
If you're looking for a gorgeous spot to try some delicious food and drink with friends in Castle Hill, then check out Kaito Sake Bar. Although the space is chic, decorated with minimalistic artwork and cool bar stools, it is a perfect location for a week night treat. Tuck into plates that are great for sharing, such as their fresh udon noodles or a steamy hotpot. You can also sip on some of the finest sake in Sydney here too, either with your meal or at the bar.
Honda Sake Bar
Honda Sake Bar is a hidden gem located at St Leonard’s in Sydney Lower Northshore. This gorgeous space is adorned with hundreds of bottles, floral displays and Japanese artwork. You can tuck into an extensive selection of over 50 unique sakes in their restaurant, along with delicious fresh sushi and noodles. You can also purchase it at their shop Mino, and enjoy it from the comfort of your sofa.
Surry Hills Toko, is serving food and drink in a spacious and contemporary interior. Tuck into spider maki rolls with crab and wasabi mayonnaise or scampi nigiri with truffle and soy jelly. You can also wash it down with their fabulous drinks menu, choose from a range of beautifully presented and imaginative cocktails, heaps of top-notch sake and their exclusive double-distilled Japanese whiskies.
Kuki Tanuki knows how to match authentic Japanese dishes with a fresh glass of sake. Located in the heart of Erskineville, just a stone's throw away from Newtown, this spot is definitely a crowd pleaser. With a delightful range of plates such as pork gyoza dumplings and Tasmanian rolls with flame-grilled salmon served alongside a sweet soy reduction. You can also try their range of drinks such as a Miyamizu-No-Hana which has a dry texture yet sweet aroma, or a Nebuta Tanrei, which is pleasantly light-bodied and crisp.
Nikkei Bar & Restaurant
If you want to know how to drink sake, then look no further than Nikkei Bar & Restaurant. Although not strictly Japanese, Sydneysiders love the Peruvian fusion at this stunning Surry Hills spot. You can order drinks by the glass, or if you're dining with friends, then why not the bottle? They also have a great selection of wines and cocktails too, if you want to go all out.
Sake has never tasted so good in Rengaya's breathtaking restaurant. Recently renovated, this space in North Sydney is definitely one to check out. Dine in one of their cool private booths, and enjoy an extensive lunch and dinner menu with fresh meats and seafood. Or sit at the bar and be transported to Japan with a fabulous range of sake made traditionally using only the finest ingredients.
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