Premium sake from various regions
“Sake is a very sensitive product, which must be brewed, transported, stored and served perfectly, which is why, until now, we have deliberately only offered sake from a single, well-chosen brewery – Harushika in Nara,” says Joji Hattori. “I am delighted that we are now able to serve a variety of premium quality sakes from five other top breweries, such as the renowned House of Katsuyama in the Miyagi Prefecture.” This extraordinary event was only made possible by the friendly cooperation with Nippon-Ya, Vienna’s oldest Japanese speciality business. Nippon-Ya owner Ayumi Kondo and staff member Yuri Iwata recently started to import a much larger selection of high-quality sake from various regions of Japan directly into Austria. At the Contemporary Sake Weeks in SHIKI, Yuri Iwata also offered to share her expertise as an official sake sommelière with all the guests, answering questions about breweries, areas and levels of quality. “One exciting example is the Daijiro Yamahai Junmai 2016 from the Hata brewery in the Shiga Prefecture that was founded in 1914,” said Iwata; “this outstanding sake is made from Gin-Fubuki rice and underground water from the Aichi river, in accordance with the Yamahai method, which is old, very labour-intensive and risky. The result is a very powerful, complex and full-bodied sake that stores well and one might even call the mature red wine among the sakes – not that sake is wine, of course.” This sake is served as an accompaniment to Tsukune of guinea fowl, a main dish in the special menu at SHIKI.
Four Seasons Winter:
Those who prefer a classic wine selection can choose from the extensive range of Austrian and French wines offered on the regular wine menu. The 23rd of January heralded not only the start of the sake-tasting event, but also the launch of the new standard SHIKI winter menu, featuring seasonal dishes such as Tataki of venison. Guests who are vegans or would like to try something a little different can choose from a selection of purely vegan dishes on the Fine Dining menu. Guests can also select individual dishes from both menus and thus create a meal to suit their own personal tastes.