You will see sake differently once you visit GASHUE in Ueno [PR]
Discover the four basic Japanese sake types and what foods to pair them with at Permium Sake Pub GASHUE in Ueno, Tokyo. Tasting sets (four sakes paired with four foods) are available for just ¥1,900.
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If you want to discover the fascinating and complex world of Japanese sake, Gashue is the place to visit.
It's on a quiet street, located about a 3-minute walk from Ueno Station or the iconic Ameya Yokocho shopping street.
Basically, a particular kind of sake is recommended to be paired with a particular food. You just have to ask the staff what they suggest or consult the menu (available in English) to know which pairing to try.
As a first step into the wonderful world of sake, we recommend that you try the ¥1,900 sake-food tasting set that we'll introduce below.
¥1,900 sake tasting sets paired with foods
What you get served changes all the time depending on the season, the availability of the ingredients, and the chef's inspiration of the moment!
Note that if you try the set, Gashue recommends that you get there early (from 17:00 to 18:00) before the pub gets crowded. That way, the staff should have more time to give you detailed explanations about the sake.
Here's a brief overview of the sakes and foods served. The pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
Kunshu: aromatic sake
Soshu: refreshing sake
Jukushu: aged sake
Junshu: rich sake
With the sake tasting set, not only do you get one of each of the major kinds of sake, but one of them will also be served as an 'atsukan' (warmed up). You'll be amazed by how fragrant the sake becomes when brought to a temperature of 50 degrees Celcius (as opposed to being served slightly chilled at around 10 degrees Celcius). The warm sake has a powerful taste that mellows out rapidly in the mouth.
Through your tasting experience, another thing you will learn about is how the grain polishing level affects the sake. Indeed, one important thing you see on sake labels aside from the degree of alcohol is the rice polishing ratio, which indicates how much the grain of rice is polished before being used in the sake-making process.
Enjoy Japanese sake at Gashue!
To learn the basics about sake, you can even join a class conducted in English inside the pub.
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