After a rough couple of weeks, we are excited to be able to invite you back to Saké Nomi for on premises sake tasting by the glass and flight.
Beginning Thursday, June 18, in addition to purchasing sake by the bottle for takeout, you will be able to enjoy sake by the glass or flight on a limited basis due to certain ongoing restrictions related to the coronavirus situation.
So, there will be a few strange modifications to our "normal" atmosphere including:
Modified Hours of Operation
Beginning Thursday, June 18, our revised hours of operation will be:
Tuesday- Saturday: 2- 8 pm
Sunday- Monday: CLOSED
(PLEASE NOTE: Today and tomorrow we are open Noon- 6 pm for retail bottle sales only.)
During the current phase, we are limited to 25% of our total capacity for customer seating (with NO seating permitted yet at the bar), so we'll only be able to accommodate 9 guests total, at one time. Each group will be limited to a maximum of 4 people. Basically, this means we will have 3 available tables spaced throughout the shop. Since the seating is limited in this fashion, while not required, reservations are strongly recommended.
Protective Mask Usage
Customers are requested to please wear a mask when entering the shop, and you are REQUIRED to wear a mask when moving around inside the shop (to go to the restroom, shop the shelves, etc.). You do NOT have to keep your mask on while seated with your group, and you will, obviously, need to move/remove the mask in order to enjoy the sake. (No, drinking straws are NOT permitted, and attempted use of said devices will result in an automatic and permanent expulsion from the premises. There are civilized sake drinking standards to be preserved, people.)
We will be wearing a mask during all customer interactions, for your safety as well as ours.
Again, during this phase there is NO seating allowed at the bar. There will be no "table service" per se, so you will have to place your drink order at the bar and take your drink back to your table.
We will continue to rotate the menu weekly, as in the past, with a couple laminated (and oft sanitized) copies at the counter for you to order from. We will also be glad to email you the menu if you'd like to be able to access it on your phone at your table and for your reference at home after your visit.
Admittedly, it's going to be a little weird for a while, but we humbly request your patience and understanding as we endeavor to keep your experience at Saké Nomi positive, comfortable, and safe.
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
This Week's Featured Saké
(Available for retail purchase by the bottle, as well as for on premises consumption by the glass/flight beginning Thursday, June 18)
Senkin “Classic” Omachi Junmai Daiginjo (Tochigi)
Slightly golden tint, with a clean, fresh nose reminiscent of pine needles. Lively, fresh, nearly effervescent on the palate, with notes of pineapple and lemon/citrus. A rare export to the US -- only 1250 cases produced each year. $50/720 ml bottle
Senkin “Classic” Kame no O Junmai Daiginjo (Tochigi) Brewed using 100% ancient sake rice Kame no O (one of the few pure rice strains left in Japan). Golden, unfiltered tint, with notes of grapefruit and vaguely earthy citrus. Bracingly acidic and fresh, while being soft and lightly mineral. Brewed to specifically appeal to wine drinkers. $50/720 ml bottle
Dewazakura “Omachi” Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata) Greenish gold in appearance with notes of minerals, earthiness, and candied melon in the nose. Soft and silky, and while the impression on the palate is one of pronounced fruitiness, with melon and citrus accents, it finishes dry. Overall, semi-dry, thus lending itself to "session" drinking, where it is neither overwhelming nor pedestrian.
$45/720 ml bottle
Kenbishi Kuromatsu Honjozo (Hyogo) Sunflower yellow tint, with earthy, woodsy aromatics. Soft, plump, almost viscous mouthfeel. Vaguely sweet with a lingering dry, yet tangy finish. A hearty, “masculine” saké that really shines at room temperature or warmer. Japan’s oldest brand (1505), samurai actually drank this saké! $48/900 ml bottle
Dewazakura Sarasara Ginjo Nama Nigori (Yamagata)
The nama nigori (cloudy sake) version of the super popular Oka “Cherry Blossom” Ginjo. Semi-cloudy, due to the light unfermented rice sediment. Lively, effervescent, and fruity on the palate, similar to some sparkling nigorizake. Semi-dry (showing fruit, but NOT sweet), with a sharpness and minerality that make it a fun and versatile partner for food pairing. $38/720 ml bottle
Shichi Hon Yari “Seven Spearsmen” Namazake Junmai (Shiga)
We're bringing back this seasonal beauty just because we can (and because it's one of the most popular seasonal releases)! The nose is slightly smokey and yeasty, with notes of browned bread pastry, tangerine, and even a little mozzarella. Light and soft, it features melon and mellow fruitiness on the palate, with some smoke and earthiness mid-palate, and traces of astringency and tartness on the edges and in the finish. $40/720 ml bottle
Takatenjin “Sword of the Sun” Tokubetsu Honjozo (Shizuoka)
Faint golden tint, with mild berry notes in the nose. Soft mouthfeel, with perfect acidity. Vaguely sweet, but drier in the finish. The story we heard is that this is the sake the kurabito who are brewing the sake most enjoy – so much so they had to increase production of it in order to have enough to sell to the rest of us! $35/720 ml bottle