Sake Tasting Dinner @ Bar-Hayama

June 17th, 2009 No comments

Title: Sake Tasting Dinner at Bar Hayama
Location: Bar-Hayama
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Description: To kick off summer, we have arranged a special sake tasting dinner at Bar Hayama, which includes a flight of three sake and kozara (Japanese tapas) selected by owner and sake sommelier, Toshi Sugiura. In addition, our friends at Sake Social will be providing a selection of premium sake for tasting as well, to celebrate the launch of their site, We’ll try at least 6 different sake in all. We’ve negotiated a discounted price of $40 (which includes tax and tip) for our group of “sake enthusiasts” and “asian foodies.” Food alone at Bar Hayama typically runs around $50 per person, so this is a great deal! We will be dining under the stars by the outside fire pit, which is my favorite place to relax and spend a summer evening. Whether you are a novice and want to learn more about sake and try something new, or a seasoned sake drinker that can’t get enough, it will be a great night for sure!

Payment: Please bring $40 cash.
Time: 8:30pm (for those that want to come early, we’ll be having drinks at the bar).

About Bar Hayama & Toshi Sugiura:
From Los Angeles Magazine: One of the best 75 restaurants in Los Angeles (#41 to be exact) – Toshi Sugiura has created a space both quaint and sophisticated, with two intimate bars, an extensive selection of sakes (with a handy guide to their flavor profiles), and a menu highlighting kozara, or small plates. In good weather the fire pit in the garden, surrounded by communal tables, is mesmerizing.
Toshi is a Certified Sake Sommelier and founder of the California Sushi Academy.

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Start Time: 8:30
Date: 2009-06-26

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BYOS (Bring Your Own Sake) Tasting at Sushi Central

June 16th, 2009 No comments
Group Photo Friday, June 19, 2009 at 6:30PM

It’s a little last minute, but we hope you will be able to join us for a BYOS (Bring your own sake) tasting happy hour at Sushi Central. All you have to do is bring a 720ml bottle (wine bottle size) of sake, and be ready to eat some great sushi and share your bottle with fellow sake enthusiasts!

I’m very excited to report that we will be tasting my favorite sake, Sakura Muromachi…which is not available in the U.S.! I tried it at the Joy of Sake tasting a few years ago, and it was by far my favorite of the hundred or so sake I tried that night. A big thank you to DC, who we met at our Robata-ya happy hour event a few weeks ago…he was kind enough to bring a bottle back with him from Japan last week.
About Sushi Central:

Review from Metromix – “At Sushi Central, you get an all-inclusive experience—an expert sushi chef/owner, a cozy environment and a menu that appeals to both fanatical raw-fish eaters and timid California roll munchers. But why just eat sushi when you can learn how to prepare it? In addition to catering posh L.A. parties—with in-home sushi bars—Chef Phillip Y…

Sushi Central
3500 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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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

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Looking forward to seeing you there! Kanpai!

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