The Sake Place, Plaza Arkadia

February 3, 2019

For saké's sake: This new restaurant immerses customers in the winsome world of saké, promising not only a remarkable range of the Japanese rice wine, but saké tasting menus, playful food pairings, and even a saké mini-museum to explore.

The Saké Place's affable Malaysian founder, Danny Leong, a Master Saké Sommelier, is often on hand to help guide patrons through the exhibits of his space, explaining the intricacies of how saké is made and other relevant information that'll bolster your knowledge and appreciation of saké. A recommended experience for most of us who still have much to learn about saké.

Danny has curated a variety of saké tasting flights that evolve every month, in themes such as Introduction To Saké, Non-Junmai Vs Junmai, and Different Polishing Rates. Each flight typically comprises two to three types of saké 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 sakés, this is a delicious way to deepen our taste buds' understanding of saké.

Danny is also determined to prove that saké 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 saké 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). Saké-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 Saké 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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