Perhaps Oct. 1 is the only day of the year we will let the corny joke, ‘saké to me” slide, because it happens to be World Saké Day. Whether your preference is hot or cold, you have plenty of Japanese spots stocked with specialty saké in L.A.. Check out these six bars and restaurants to celebrate World Saké Day. Kampai!
At Nobu, saké comes with one of the best views in all of Malibu. The fancy oceanside eatery has a long list of sakés, available exclusively at Nobu in the United States including the unfiltered, dry and creamy Hokusetsu Nigori and the medium-bodied, clean and floral Nobu “The Saké” Jyunmai Daiginjo. Want to splurge? Order a bottle of Hokusetsu YK 35, a rare, luxurious and silky smooth sake that will run you $490. Pair it with whitefish arugula with jalapeno dressing or soft shell crab roll.
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (310) 317-9140
The sexiest saké spot on the Sunset Strip, Katana, is really getting into the spirit this year. On Oct. 1, the robatayaki style Japanese restaurant will be doing a special saké event with saké crackings and gong every other hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free small saké samples will be passed out to guests inside and on the patio when this happens. For bites, keep your eyes on the bincho charcoal grill for their Kobe Beef American Wagyu with black pepper sauce and Tako Octopus with serrano cilantro sauce.
8439 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood (323) 650-8585
3rd Generation Sake Bar
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ financial district, 3rd Generation Saké Bar specializes in ramen, sushi hand rolls, poké, popular Japanese side dishes, and, as its name implies, saké. Order a flight, with three house saké selections for $10 and since World Saké Day falls on a Sunday, you can take advantage of their all day happy hour.
808 W. 7th St.. Los Angeles (213) 627-8166
To really relax this Sunday, sip on saké in Koi’s Zen-inspired oasis. The sleek and sophisticated spot in West Hollywood boasts a chic lounge, elegant dining area, traditional sushi bar and houses one of L.A.’s most coveted outdoor patios for an array of hangout options. Order the Rockin’ Cucumber cocktail made simply with saké, vodka, cucumber, mint and yuzu for a special take on saké day. Pair it with their signature Kiiro Roll, hand prepared with albacore, cucumber, tempura flakes, yellowtail, avocado and jalapeño aioli.
730 North La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 659-9449
Yojié Japanese Fondue
With its cool modern interior, designed with dark woods, bamboo, stainless steel and bold colorful artwork, Yojié Japanese Fondue stands out for more than just its cool DIY cooking concept. While heating up your Kurobuta pork or veggie medley, your saké options are endless. The menu includes hot plum saké, hoy pom saké, spicy “Drop It Like It’s Hot” saké, chilled Nigori, sparkling saké and a saké bomb with Sapporo. If shots or bombs aren’t your thing, you can still celebrate with a sakitini in one of three flavors; lychee, white peach and apple.
501 West Olympic Blvd.,, Los Angeles (213) 988-8808
Sushi Roku is celebrating World Saké Day in style with half off all saké bottles from 12 p.m. to close. Also from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy $5 cold and hot sakés during happy hour. While sipping the spirit, dive into their bold and diverse menu which includes hot and cold specialty appetizers like yellowtail diced chiles and exotic entrées like Japonais Prime Ribeye. Plus, this popular Santa Monica spot comes with a killer ocean views.
1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (310) 458-4771
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