Dassai Sake Bar in the Japan Food Town was set up to promote their sake in Singapore. The sake is from the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan and according to their website, the DASSAI name, means “otter festival”. There were apparently many otters frolicking in the Yamaguchi rivers in days gone by. The 4th generation owner was there personally to promote this highly regarded sake.
The Dassai sake bar is primarily a single purpose vehicle – to sell and promote Dassai sake. The sake can be ordered as it is or as types of cocktails made with it. No food is served here, other than some simple snacks to go with the drinks.
Here are pictures of the drinks and snacks menus. Basically there were still and sparkling versions of the sake. The sake is made in various levels of refinement ranging from a Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjyo (which uses rice grains polished to 50% of its original volume) to the ultra premium Dassai Beyond (20%).
Apart from enjoying the drinks at Dassai Sake Bar, we also appreciated the warm hospitality of the folks attending to us. They explained the different grades of sake and even had samples of the rice, polished to different levels of refinement. We decided to try a glass each of the Dassai Sparkling 50 ($14) and a Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjyo ($25). Complimentary crispy snacks made with the rice residues were served. We ordered one snack from the menu – preserved squid ($5).
Here are the two types of sake that we tried. It is interesting that wine glasses were used instead of sake cups. Perhaps better to appreciate the colour and nose. The sparkling sake was the cloudy type of sake. The amount of bubbles was quite low, very mildly sparkling only. The taste was pleasant but without much complexity. The 23 was better. It looked very clear and transparent. There was some bouquet (but very restrained compared to wines) and the taste was pure and slightly fruity. We can imagine eating most types of Japanese food with this, particularly grilled oily fish.
Here are pictures of the snacks that we tried. We didn’t like the preserved squid. It might be a good companion with Teochew porridge but the preserved taste did not go with sake.
Our friends at Dassai sake bar were so kind that they brought out new bottles of sake to pose for pictures. Overall, we had a wonderful time tasting the sake and getting some education about how the sake was made.
Dassai Sake Bar
Japan Food Town
WISMA ATRIA LEVEL 4
435 ORCHARD RD, SINGAPORE 238877