February 3, 2019
For sakÃ©'s sake: This new restaurant immerses customers in the winsome world of sakÃ©, promising not only a remarkable range of the Japanese rice wine, but sakÃ© tasting menus, playful food pairings, and even a sakÃ© mini-museum to explore.
The SakÃ© Place's affable Malaysian founder, Danny Leong, a Master SakÃ© Sommelier, is often on hand to help guide patrons through the exhibits of his space, explaining the intricacies of how sakÃ© is made and other relevant information that'll bolster your knowledge and appreciation of sakÃ©. A recommended experience for most of us who still have much to learn about sakÃ©.
Danny has curated a variety of sakÃ© tasting flights that evolve every month, in themes such as Introduction To SakÃ©, Non-Junmai Vs Junmai, and Different Polishing Rates. Each flight typically comprises two to three types of sakÃ© served in 150-ml tokkuri flasks, intended for one or two persons, with prices in the RM120-RM250 spectrum per set. With Danny also available to summarise the nuances of the different sakÃ©s, this is a delicious way to deepen our taste buds' understanding of sakÃ©.
Danny is also determined to prove that sakÃ© need not purely be paired with traditional Japanese food; his kitchen's imaginative repertoire fuses inspirations from Japan with the rest of the world. Sip your sakÃ© while dining on salmon smoked with cherry blossom wood chips, served with a quail egg dip (RM26; our favourite here), monkfish liver (RM30), baby octopus with tahini sauce and Chinese pickles (RM22), black curry prawns on warm rolled omelette (RM25) and glass noodles with seafood in a gravy inspired by the briny-spicy tang of Penang's assam laksa (RM28). SakÃ©-infused green peaches (RM18) are a great way to cap off the meal, but we should be back someday for the steamed chicken with Akita Komachi rice, gourmet duck sausages and chicken chorizo, fettuccine with turmeric sauce, and Chinese-style braised pork.
The SakÃ© Place
F-1-16, Block Faraday, Plaza Arkadia, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 4pm-11pm; closed Mondays. Tel: 03-6419-6981
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