Sydneysiders rejoice! Sakeshop is moving in, bringing the famed Japanese drink to the mainstream. Sakeshop specialises in Nihonshu, Shochu, Umeshu and Japanese beer covering everything from the extravagant through to the highly affordable. Plus those looking to increase their sake knowledge can partake in frequently operated events, workshops and accredited courses.
The popularity of Japanese sake is increasing amongst Australian foodies, top-end bars and restaurants and Sydney’s first stand-alone store makes the drink accessible for both the connoisseurs and those who have never tried good sake.
Sakeshop comes from the team at Chef’s Armoury, Australia’s leading Japanese knife and cookware provider. A Melbourne version of Sakeshop was opened within the Chef’s Armoury store in Richmond four years ago, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The operator of both businesses is Leigh Hudson, a former chef, sommelier, current IWC sake judge and WSET accredited sake educator – so an expert on sake.
Leigh acknowledges there is a much to learn and understand about sake and is holding a series of tastings and workshops in-store from July to September. You can check out his sake and course info when the Stanmore store opens Saturday, July 8.