Sake bars are a rare sight in Tulsa, yet inside the fantastic Asian and sushi restaurants we have here, there is some darn good sake being served. If you’re a resident of Tulsa, you will be used to some local citizens pronouncing the delicious liquid sake with a long A, as in, “For Pete’s sake” or my favorite, “sockee.” No matter how some locals pronounce the word, there is a growing love for this liquid of the Asian gods.
The upscale and not-so-upscale restaurants and bars serve a delicious sake which many find enhance their meal that makes them dream of cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji.
With two locations in the Tulsa area, Yokozuna is the hottest restaurant and bar to hit the metropolis in years. Not only is the décor very zen, the food is out of this world. Their main specialty drink is the Pear Saketini. The use of Moonstone Pear sake makes this drink better than amazing.
Parking in the downtown location can be difficult, which is why I recommend visiting on Sunday evenings. They make their own fortune cookie fortunes, which always brings a laugh. Don’t forget to ask for the Magic 8 ball from a bartender.
Twenty different varieties of sake isn’t bad for a small but fantastic iconic sushi bar. Both locations, in Brookside and South Tulsa, Fuji never fails to wow its customers, old and new. Featuring a full sake menu, from chilled to house, Fuji doesn’t play games.
A sake sampler, Momokawa Pearl, and the requisite sake bomb are favorites. Open seven days a week, Fuji not only has great parking, but also features sake tastings as well as sushi classes.
Memories of Japan
Don’t let this small yet quaint sushi restaurant fool you. Located at 71st and Aspen in Broken Arrow, right outside of the Tulsa city limits, Memories of Japan offers the best warm sake this side of Tokyo. It is a hidden gem that isn’t always on the radar, which is one reason why customers love it as well as the amazing chef and customer service. Parking is never a problem.
In The Raw
This upscale dining establishment features an excellent bar menu. The kikusui junmai jinjou is the perfect accompaniment to the Nirvana roll and the plum saketini is not to be missed. Locations include Brookside, South Tulsa and the amazing BOK center. In The Raw raises the bar when it comes to elegant sake choices, served hot or chilled. Open seven days a week, parking is adequate.
Although Tulsa seems that it is missing some amazing sake bars, it really isn’t with the fantastic array of sake located inside the best sushi bars in the region.