Nothing brings out the unique flavors of the fish and other ingredients used in sushi quite like the right drink pairing. From a warm cup of tea to a chilled beer imported straight from Japan, there are plenty of options for a great accompaniment to your meal here at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge. Of course, we also have sake for the adventurous diners who want to try something new. Use these drink pairing tips during your next visit for sushi.
The experts say that you should sample sake on its own to truly appreciate it, but many people find it more palatable when it’s paired with a flavorful food like sushi. When in doubt, pick your sushi first and then ask the server for recommendations. Sake is paired like wine based on the flavors of the accompaniment, so a salmon sashimi works best with a fruity sake that plays off the sweeter tastes. Our Black and Gold Junmai is a well-rounded sake that is smooth and offers hints of spice and melon. It’s best paired with Yellowtail, California Rolls, and similar dishes.
You don’t have to sip more than a single cup of sake in the same meal just to appreciate it. Since it has a higher alcohol content and more powerful flavor, many people switch to beer after the first cup, so they don’t overwhelm their palate. Many European pilsners pair perfectly with sushi thanks to the assertiveness of the hops, and we recommend Stella Artois for a drink that pairs well with most of our sushi menu. For those who want to stick to imports from Japan, a rice lager or the classic Asahi are always good choices.
Wine for Sushi
For the familiar, wine is also an excellent choice for pairing with sushi that features a stronger smoked or metallic brine flavor. Smoked eel and sea urchin pair very well with a wine that plays off their mineral notes. Our favorite Riesling, the Chateau Ste. Michelle, is perfectly suited to this kind of menu. The sweet yet dry finish keeps stronger sushi flavors from overwhelming you, but the wine doesn’t drown out the subtle hints in the fish or seaweed either.
Ready to sample some of the drinks listed above? Take advantage of the Shinto Happy Hour to enjoy select half price sushi and appetizers. The Happy Hour starts at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and ends at 5 p.m., while we start at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Daily drink specials give you a chance to check out everything we offer here at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge. Come wet your whistle with us!