January 16, 2014 7:00 AM
Minnesota sake connoisseurs will find full selections of the different types of pasteurized and bottled sake, including honjozo, junmai, ginjo and daiginjo, in metro-area Japanese restaurants. We are fortunate to also have a sake brewer in town that provides sake that is not pasteurized and is stored cold. It is called namazake and is more likely to be found in Japan than in the U.S. While sake prices seem high compared to wines and beers, be aware that sake’s alcohol content is generally higher. Undiluted sake contains 18 to 20 percent alcohol compared to beer, which ranges from three to nine percent. Here are the five best places in Minnesota to find sake.
Best Japanese Restaurant With Sake
(credit: Masu Sushi & Robata Facebook Page)
Masu Sushi & Robata
330 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Go to East Hennepin where you can savor the authentic cuisine made for sake. Order a 12- or 24-ounce carafe of sake. Masu’s pork belly ramen gets raves from customers, but do not overlook the grilled short ribs, oysters with quail egg or yakisoba topped with sweet seafood. Sake aesthetes may just go to Masu’s bar for a two-ounce flight of highly polished rice sake with an order of Masu’s highest quality sushi. Or stop by the neat little Masu restaurant at the Mall of America for a wide range of the best sake accompanied by a more limited, but excellent, menu of Masu’s most popular food selections.
Related: Best Cocktail Bars In Minnesota
Here is the link: