Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge offers a diverse selection of fine food and eclectic alcohol to its customers, but the delectable rice wine of sake has always been a quiet passion of ours. That’s why we are pleased to announce our new Sake menu featuring ten different varieties from all over Japan, including Hakutsuru Draft, Hakutsuru Excellent Junmai Ginjo, Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo, G-Joy Junmai Ginjo Genshu, Hakutsuru Junmai Daiginio, G-Fifty Genshu, Hakutsuru Sayuri, Moonstone Plum or Pear, and Hakutsuru Plum Wine.
Sake Tasting Like a Professional
Much like the vast universe of grape wines, sake has their own strata of aromas and flavors, as well as ways in which they are best served. To the layman sake drinker — which is most people outside of very few close circles in Japan — the national drink of Japan can seem confusing and daunting, a feeling that many people also get when perusing a standard wine list. Below are some tips to help ensure you can choose the best sake for your particular palate and to complement your mood and meal at Shinto, or any other Japanese restaurant in the future.
Pay attention to the aroma. Sake aromas range from floral to earthy to tropical. The scent should be noticeable and pleasant — similar to the sharp vinegar smell from a “turned” bottle of wine, a burnt or musty smell from sake means it has gone bad. These aromas also affect the flavor and should be smelled before drinking each glass of sake itself. However, milder smelling sake, those that are earthy or smell like rice, often pair better with sushi.
Dryness or Sweetness. Sake also ranges between dry and sweet flavors. The sweet obviously has more sugar in it and the most desired sake usually have more dry notes than sweet ones. However, it’s all up to individual tastes.
How it’s served. There are two ways to serve sake: hot and cold. Thankfully for you, there is no right or wrong answer. Many sake flavor profiles completely change when consumed hot compared to when consumed cold. It all depends on what you are eating with it and what flavors you like. Ask the experts at Shinto for their recommendations.
Drink Specials at Shinto
It’s also important to keep in mind that Shinto has more than just a diverse sake menu, but also a number of other drinks specials throughout each week:
Monday: Sapporo and Mule Specials all day, with Sapporo Silver, Gold, or Black for only five dollars! We are also offering all Moscow Mules for six dollars!
Tuesday: Our famous U-Call-It, where we offer any single liquor (house liquor) and single juice or soda for five dollars, like rum & coke, vodka & cranberry or tequila & lemonade.
Wednesday: Wine and sake specials, including house wine for five dollars. Sake special coming soon.
Thursday/Friday: $5 dollar martinis.
Saturday: Sake bombs, consisting of a sake shot and a five-ounce beer for three dollars apiece.
Sundays: $4 Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Come to Shinto for our sake menu and food anytime, or plan on our Happy Hour deals between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., where select sushi and appetizers are half price!