Back in July, Tsunami Japanese Restaurant in Mosman Park hosted their first ever SuperSake “Matsuri” Festival which was held over 2 days (July 18th and 19th) to promote their new venture “SuperSake”. I was lucky enough to be invited by the lovely host, Milan Rai, to attend as a guest to sample sake from the 55 different types on offer.
The SuperSake festival featured a wide range of sakes from nama genshu, murokas, nigori, junmai, junmai ginjos, junmai daiginjos and bodaimoto method sakes, as well as multiple plum wines, yuzu and mikan wines and even shochu.
On arrival, we were greeted by Milan who handed both Willie and I, not only 1 but 2, sake sampling wristbands and a traditional Japanese sake cup. Each wristband entitles the holder to 10 different 20ml sake samplers of our choice. That means between the 2 of us we had 40 mini shots of sake to get through. You should have seen the excitement on Willie’s face!! Event-goers can purchase one of these and a cup for $10.
The moment we walked into the back of Tsunami restaurant, I was already taken away by the beautiful set up. The fairy lights hanging from the ceiling gave the place a very festive and magical ambiance. Both Willie and I looked at each other in amazement!
We both hadn’t eaten anything all afternoon and we knew that the night could end pretty badly if we dived into the sake sampling straight away.
Luckily, there was a variety of food stalls where we could purchase some light snacks from the cutest and sweetest Japanese kids. The moment I walked in, they greeted me with “hello beautiful girl”. Hahaha I would usually be creeped out by that comment but these kids melted my heart. How could I say no to them?!
After getting a quick bite, as responsible adults do, Willie and I were ready to get our drink on.
Overwhelmed with all the choices, we had no idea where to start!
We thought we’d ease into the night with sweet plum wine and citrus flavoured sake. The yuzu and mandarin plum wines were very light and refreshing to drink. The staff suggested mixing these with sparkling water to give it a kick of fizz. The yuzu-shu and sparkling water combination tasted very familiar to us. Very similar to Solo or lemonade.
We worked our way onto the traditional sake and then the warm sake.
Some even had gold in them!
All the staff were very helpful and friendly. They explained the sake origin, production process, and taste to us in great detail. I learnt a lot about how the sake is produced and how the taste of the sake is very much influenced by the part of the rice used (whole rice, middle of the rice, or center of the rice).
My absolute favourite drink the entire night was this bottle of Yuzusake. It was refreshing, slightly sweet, and slightly sour. Apparently it sold out within the first day of the festival and til today, it’s still sold out on their website!
My next favourite(s) would be all the other plum wines. These were nothing like the overly sweet plums I’ve had before. I usually have to add ice to my plum wines to tone down the sweetness. These ones are more tangy in taste and dangerously easy to drink.
I personally couldn’t drink much of the traditional unsweetened sake but there were a few lighter ones I quite enjoyed.
Another favourite drink of the night was the non-alcoholic version of sake (amazake) that children (or big kids like us) could enjoy. Unfortunately, this didn’t form part of the sampling package but we were more than happy to pay $2 for this delicious “every Japanese childhood favourite” drink.
Amazake is a traditional Japanese drink made from fermented rice. Amazake is made by introducing a fungus (Aspergillus oryzae) to a batch of cooked rice. The fungus breaks down carbohydrates into simple unrefined sugars leaving a lightly sweetened pleasant beverage.
Thank you Milan for having me at Supersake’s first sake festival in Perth. I feel truly privileged to be one of the first to experience such a unique event. The event was very well set out with each section labeled with the region the sake is from. Everything was great – the ambiance, the friendly, cheerful, funny, and helpful staff, the food, the wide range of sake – and there was nothing I could fault! Next time I will bring my parents down because they absolutely love sake.
Event-goers were able to purchase bottles of the ones they liked at event prices. It was so unfortunate that my favourite Yuzusake sold out within the first day of the festival and I couldn’t purchase it at the discounted event price. I will be keeping a close eye on the website for new stock to arrive.
For lovers of sake and plum wine, please do check out Supersake’s website.They offer free shipping for orders above $150. Can’t wait for the next festival!