More than just an alcoholic beverage, sake is the Japanese drink of choice made from fermented rice. Sake is delicate, has different variants, and has a suggested temperature before you drink it. Because sake is not your average wine, it’s important to know where to get the authentic kind. Your local bar needs to be experts at what they are serving, so here’s a quick guide on where to go for the best sake bars in town:
Zuma Sushi and Sake Bar
Zuma literally means running horse, but don’t let that confuse you. With the glitz and glam of its posh interior, Zuma Sushi and Sake Bar brings only the classiest dining experience to your table. The extensive sake collection is matched only by the freshness of its sushi. Having a reservation or at least getting there early is highly recommended, because the place tends to get packed. Still, there’s free valet service for latecomers, and while you’re waiting in line, the host will gladly escort you to the cocktails area where you can lounge around until your table is ready. Favorites are the basic hot sake at $5.50, and the Godzilla roll for $12.00. Plus, you get to chow down with sophisticated silver chopsticks. Need we say more? Zuma Sushi and Sake Bar is located at 701 Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312. You can call for reservations at (404) 522-2872. Store hours: Weekdays from 12:00pm to 12:00am; Weekends from 12:00pm to 1:00am.
Starfish Sushi and Sake Bar
Ever heard of the Memoirs of a Geisha Roll? How about the Kung Fu Panda Roll? Or better yet, the 4-Year-Old Virgin Roll? All that and so much more unique tastes are what await you at Starfish Sushi and Sake Bar. The catch of the day is always fresh, packed with care, and is never frozen when delivered. The impressive selection of wine and sake boasts of the Sake Sampler, where guests can have a taste of the finest from the Far East. With plenty of free parking and a convenient location at 2255 Peachtree Road, Suite E&F, Atlanta, GA 30309, Starfish has become a favorite hangout by locals. Be sure to try the Sake Tasting for $11.00, where you can choose 4 drinks from the Country Sake list, including exotic tastes like the “Well of Wisdom”, “Voices in the Mist”, and the “Kubota Senjyu Tokubetsu Honjyozo”, which is a fusion of banana and hints of nutmeg and clove. Operating hours: Monday – Friday Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30 pm; Monday – Thursday Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm; Friday Dinner: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Call them at (404) 350-0799.
For a restaurant that’s named “Village of Love”, there certainly is no shortage of sincerity when it comes to their ingredients, and no scarcity of friendliness when it comes to their staff. Amura takes pride in its showcase of seven TY KU spirits, one of which is the White-it is considered as “The Crown Jewel of Sake™”. Only connoisseurs with the most refined tastes can appreciate this honorable drink, because less than 5% of worldwide sake can attain Junmai Daiginjo classification, and this distinct taste does not disappoint. Drop by at 3280 Peachtree Rd NE #110, Atlanta, GA 30305, or call at (404) 477-3888. Restaurant hours: Weekdays 11:15am – 3:00pm; Monday-Wednesday 5pm – 10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday 5pm – 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm – 9:30pm.