Whatever your plans are for July 18 & 19, 2015- cancel them! Trust me, you will not want to be anywhere else, not after I tell you about an incredible PERTH event that involves fantastic Japanese food and Sake tasting.
Last week, Scott and I were invited to dine at Tsunami Japanese Restaurant in Mosman Park. I was so incredibly excited as Japanese cuisine is my favourite! We were invited to review the restaurant as part of their SuperSake Festival promotions.
Tsunami are hosting their first Super Sake Festival THIS WEEKEND on July 18th and 19th of July, where guests have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of traditional Sake and Japanese foods.
Tsunami Restaurant’s new venture “SuperSake” is holding Perth’s inaugural Sake Festival on the grounds of Tsunami on July 18 & 19 (Saturday and Sunday). The ‘matsuri’ (festival) will run over two days starting from 12 noon until 9 at night.
There will be over 55 different types of sake from many different ‘shuzos’ (sake breweries) from all over Japan to sample. So yes- 2 days of sake sampling nirvana! The SuperSake festival will feature wide range of sakes from nama genshu, murokas, nigori, junmai, junmai ginjos, junmai daiginjos and bodaimoto method sakes, as well as multiple plum wines, yuzu and mikan wines and even shochu. All guests will be able to purchase bottles at the festival to take home if they like what they sample.
Sake is a brewed rice beverage that is typically alcoholic and is derived from fermented rice. Due to my surgery coming up, I was unable to drink alcohol when we went for a tasting and therefore unable to sample any of the sake on offer, Scott did though and we were so fortunate for the “Sake Lesson” we received also. Milan, the event organiser and the kitchen supervisor shared so many interesting facts about Sake which they ensured the guests of the Sake Festival would hear also. It is sometimes overwhelming at traditional restaurants as you want to try the cultural foods but don’t want to offend or order incorrectly. We were so fortunate to be given the ins-and-outs as what sake to drink with what foods and when. Milan told us that Sake is typically like wine in that it has many different flavours and elements and therefore they recommend it with different dishes. Traditionally, hot sake is enjoyed with cold dishes such as sushi or sashimi or when the temperatures are freezing and snowing!
Scott tasted a few different varieties, some hot and some cold. Not all varieties were at the premises yet as they are being kept in a warehouse below 5 degrees, which is the best way to store Sake. As sake has no preservatives, it has very strict storage rules and has a shelf life of no more than 6 weeks once opened (although they recommend to consume within 2 weeks so as it doesn’t become flat!)
The Tsunami venue is absolutely incredible and I can imagine it would be the perfect spot to host a Sake festival. With the train line adjacent to Glyde Street, it makes for a fulfilled night where you are not left wondering how you are going to stumble home after a night on the Sake! Also, Tsunami is a large venue that is made so intimate with many different rooms coming off a long hall way, a beautifully lit outdoor courtyard, dimmed lighting, live music and gorgeous bars throughout.
In addition to over 56 varieties of Sake, there will be a variety of food ‘stalls’ cooking a wide range of food to match the sake.
I am so insanely jealous of everyone who can attend the SuperSake Festival on the 18th and 19th of July as Japanese food (and drinks) are my absolute favourite cuisine. I was unable to sample many of the Sake varieties at the earlier date due to the fact that the sakes are warehoused in Kewdale and the bottles are only brought into Tsunami just before the festivities. There are absolutely NO PRESERVATIVES in sake and therefore it is super important for them to be stored in the warehouse where they are being kept under 5 degrees celsius.
For more information or event details and enquiries, please don’t hesitate to ask or contact:
Tsunami Japanese Restaurant 18 Glyde Street, Mosman Park 6012 Phone:92847788 www.tsunamisushi.com.au