Archive for May, 2009

Check out our LA sake map!

May 26th, 2009 1 comment

We’ve started putting together a google map of all the great places to taste sake in Los Angeles, along with some of our favorite sakes from each location. Check it out:

Don’t see a sake place you really like? Drop us a comment and we’ll add it to the map!

Great places to taste sake in the Los Angeles area

Great places to taste sake in the Los Angeles area

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Sake Tasting Happy Hour at Robata-Ya: May 22 @ 6:30

May 16th, 2009 1 comment
Two of the sakes we tasted at Robata-Ya.

Two of the sakes we tasted at Robata-Ya during our last visit.

We found a great little restaurant yesterday on Sawtelle Blvd. in West LA, with an amazing happy hour – 50% off almost all bottles of sake (including one of my favorites, Dassai), pitchers of beer, and jidori chicken robata skewers from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. I’ve yet to find a better deal on sake in this city…and during this recession, it’s hard to pass up a great deal! The robata skewers were delicious, and are almost as good as Nanbankan (for those that know me, Nanbankan is my favorite restaurant, so that is saying a LOT!) So, for our first meet-up event, let’s break the ice and get to know each other over a few glasses of sake at Robata-ya. Check out the LA times review for more info on the restaurant, which opened last fall:,1,2135127.story

The sake we plan on drinking are:

  • Dassai 50 – Junmai Ginjo, Yamaguchi Prefecture, SMV +3, Acidity 1.4, Light & Smooth
  • Kubota Hekijyo – Junmai Daiginjo, Niigata Prefecture, SMV +3, Acidity 1.5, Tight & Clean
  • Shirakabe gura – TYPE: Tokubetsu Junmai, Kyoto Prefecture, SMV +2, Acidity 1.6, Clean & Ricey

The cost will be about $20 – $25 per person for sake (which gets you about 540ml of sake – 3/4 of a bottle), and $10 – $15 for food – but you have to be there before happy hour ends at 7:30! Hope to see you there!

2004 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

See the full event details at

Looking forward to seeing you there! Kanpai!

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