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HOW DO YOU DRINK SAKE?

 

If you're planning to dine in Silver Spirit's Seishin restaurant, you may find it helpful to brush up on your knowledge of Japan's most popular alcoholic drink -- sake.

Basically, it's a brewed drink made from rice and water with an alcohol content just slightly stronger than wine. Its origin is believed to date back thousands of years and it comes in as many varieties. You can drink sake warm, chilled or at room temperature. Its flavour changes depending on the temperature, which is best determined by the season and type of food it will accompany.

There are time-honoured traditions for serving and consuming sake properly. For instance, when drinking with others, be sure to pour sake into your colleagues' cups when they become empty and they will do the same for you.

But one of the best ways to enjoy sake is by pairing it with a delectable dish. And the best way to explore an array of sakes is with a gourmet tasting menu. With that in mind, we are pleased to share below a multi-course sake degustation menu featured for dinner in Silver Spirit's Seishin restaurant:

Amuse Bouche
Seishin Signature Caviar Sorbet

Paired with Gekkeikan Zipang, a naturally carbonated sparkling sake
brewed by Gekkeikan, Fushimi, Japan

. . .

Sushi
Assorted Sushi
with Traditional Condiments

Paired with Murai Nebuta Honjozo, a dry full-bodied sake brewed by Murai Family, Japan

. . .

Sashimi
Sashimi of Black Cod
with Daikon Flower and Topikoe Roe

Paired with Murai Nebuta Honjozo, a dry full-bodied sake brewed by Murai Family Japan

. . .

Shells
Carpaccio of King Scallops
with Flying Fish Roe

Paired with Ty Ku Junmai Black, a semi-light sake brewed by Ty Ku, California, USA

. . .

Seafood
Waterpaper Roll of Spider Crab
with Green Pea Jus and Lemongrass-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Paired with Ty Ku Junmai Black, a semi-light sake brewed by Ty Ku, California, USA

. . .

Fish
Semi-Cooked Saku Tuna
with Soya Dressing, Kaffir Lime and Caper Confit

Paired with Momokawa Diamond, an off-dry sake brewed by Sake One, Oregon, USA

. . .

Hot Seafood
Seishin Specialty Tempura
with Japanese Chili Sauce and Pickles

Paired with Murai Sugidama, a medium-dry full-bodied sake brewed by Murai Family, Japan

. . .

Meat
Signature Tepan Grilled Wagyu Beef
with Wasabi and Natural Flavours

Paired with Murai Tanrei Junmai, a crisp and dry sake brewed by Murai Family, Japan

. . .

Miso
Signature Miso Soup

. . .

Pre-Dessert
Seishin's Signature Green Tea Sorbet

. . .

Dessert
Mango and Banana Roll
with Lemongrass and Lychee Sorbet

Paired with Murai Nigori Genshu, a smooth and creamy sake
with confectionery aromas brewed by Murai Family, Japan

Reservations are required to dine in Seishin and the above menu is priced at US$80 with all sakes included.

If these delicacies have piqued your appetite for Japanese cuisine, why not go all the way and consider a more in-depth cultural experience? There's no better way to explore Japan than from the comfort and luxury of a Silversea ship. This year our intimate, 382-guest Silver Shadow visits Hakodate and Sendai on a 16-day voyage from Vancouver to Tokyo that departs on 12 September, offering an excellent opportunity to visit an enchanting land of ancient shrines, temples and fascinating traditions.

Photo credit: ©Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau/©JNTO

 

Mar 15, 2010
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