Which drinks to order? These are the questions asked even by those who enjoy the Japanese cuisine regularly, not to mention those who are just starting to get to know this ‘savoury’ dish. At large, it is a matter of taste – some enjoy white wine with fish and seafood, some prefer plum wine and some might even say that when authentic sake is not available, there is nothing better than beer. In sushi’s country of origin, regular green tea is the drink of choice after the meal.
Of course, Japanese restaurants offer a wide selection of drinks but many order sushi to the office or to the house. During a lunch break at work it is obviously reasonable to enjoy non-alcoholic beverages with your sushi but if you plan to organise a Japanese-style dinner, invite guests over and order sushi to house, sake is another option in addition to beer. That is, if you manage to find some from the local store, although it is available in some more expensive wine stores. The better known sakes outside of Japan are sake Ozeki (dry, light), Tokujo (classical, should be served warm) and Meiboy (resembles “Aligoté”). It is quite a challenge for a regular person to learn their way around all sake types, as there are about three thousand different sake producers in the ‘historical homeland’ of sake.
If you did manage to acquire the original rice wine (with an alcohol content of not more than 20%) or to bring along a bottle from a trip to Japan, you should remember not to keep it standing for long. A closed bottle can be preserved for about a year and after opening it keeps for 10–14 days. If you have ordered sushi to house and invited some friends over, you might go through the whole bottle of sake in one evening. But for a romantic dinner a whole bottle is a bit too much – properly close the cap and store the bottle in the fridge. Should you wish, you can enjoy it again in a few days’ time, as we deliver sushi to all regions of Tallinn daily and free of charge.
Another thing worth discussing is portions. Traditionally sushi is served with sake that is warmed up to 37-38°C and poured into square wood utensils or delicate porcelain glasses. These are relatively small, at least according to Russian standards – about 30 ml. This means that the traditional Russian ’stakan’ (100 ml) has been split into three portions. In addition, it should not be forgotten that overconsumption of alcohol is never a good thing, which is why we recommend green tea with your sushi – it truly is a delicious combination!