Drinking is part of Japanese culture and it’s not uncommon to see big groups of people drinking or even the staff from an entire company drinking with their boss. Most Japanese Restaurants don’t offer much in terms of alcohol, but we wanted to change that by bringing the Japanese drinking experience here to Toronto. (＾-＾)＿日
When people think about Japanese alcohol, sake is usually the first thing that comes up. Served hot or cold, sake is great on it's own, as part of a meal or even before and after a meal! There's honestly never a bad time to have sake.
Established waaaaaaay back in 1743, Hakutsuru is touted as Japan's #1 selling brand of sake and it's not hard to see why. The Hakutsuru Draft is a clear sake renowned for it's neutral flavour allowing it to pair up well and accentuate virtually any dish. Can be served either hot or cold but most people in prefer it hot as it provides a very smooth warming sensation going down without any burn.
It's neutral flavours is reminiscent of top shelf vodka so if you love vodka, you would love the Hakutsuru Draft Sake!
Sayuri Cloud Sake14
When it comes to sake, there is the all too common clear sake and then there is also the nigori sake, which is a cloudier variation with a sweeter taste.
The Sayuri Cloud is a nigori sake served in it's bottled form. In Japanese the name Sayuri means "little lily" and is associated with delicacy, innocence and purity. This sake lives up to it's name as it delivers a slightly sweet floral flavour that goes down smooth like liquid silk with almost no aftertaste.
Best served cold, the Sayuri Cloud works best as an after dinner drink as it pairs exceptionally well with desserts and chocolates. Try it with our cheesecake or chocolate cake!
House Gekkeikan Sake59.5
Here at Sakawa Coffee, we are proud to serve Gekkeikan Sake as our house sake. With it's roots beginning as far back as 1637, the Gekkeikan Traditional Sake as it is considered to be the world's most popular "junmai-shu" which is a pure rice-wine with additional distilled alcohol being added.
It is a well balanced clear sake with a clean, medium finish with a hint of grapefruit and a slight bit of earthiness.
Pairs well with tempura, fish, shellfish and vegetable dishes.
We serve this sake hot as it provides a very pleasant warming sensation going down.
- Small - 5
- Large - 9.5
Japan is famous for it's drinking culture and we want to live up to it's fame. When it comes to Japanese alcohol, there's more than just sake! Japanese beer has been growing in global popularity and much like Toronto, craft beer is now a thing in Japan now too! (and yes, we also offer Japanese Craft Beer here)
A Japanese Premium Draft beer, you've probably seen this in a lot of Japanese restaurants. Light and crisp, clean and refreshing. A very well balanced beer. Pairs well with almost everything.
Kirin Ichiban is one of the purest beers in the world and true to it's name, it is one of Japan's most popular beers sold in bars. Made with a first press brewing process which extracts only the purest, most flavourful portion of the ingredients. Kirin Ichiban has a very distinctly smooth taste to it that is clean and full bodied without any of the aftertaste that normally comes with a beer with this much flavour.
If you're looking for a nice light beer to relax with, this is it.
It's hard to believe but there are some people that just don't like Japanese beer. For the domestic beer drinker, we stock cans of Coors Light.
Hitachino Nest Pale Ale9
We know how much people love their craft beer here in Toronto, so we decided to bring in one of Japan's most popular craft beer!
The Hitachino Nest Pale Ale is an English Pale Ale with a nice malt and caramel taste and a slightly smoky after taste. It's well rounded with a malty bitterness and a dry finish, kinda like a good whisky!
Fun Fact: During the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the Kiuchi Brewery which produces the Hitachino beer was heavily damaged along with the city that surrounded them. Because the city lacked a lot of necessities, the Kiuchi brewery temporarily shut down it's brewing operations to supply food and water to the people in the surrounding areas. When word got out, folks from all over Japan (and around the world) started buying Hitachino Nest Beer as a way to support the Japan Relief Effort. How can anyone not love a beer company that does this?!?