We’re so very pleased to introduce you to newcomer Saké. It’s much-more-than sushi and sings the old saying that the cream still rises to the top.
Hamer Hall has attracted only the best after its revamp, and with a little probing into this newbie’s heritage (A Chef’s Hat already hangs proudly in each of Saké’s sister restaurants in Sydney and Brisbane) the foodie in you’ll be wondering why we’ve only just been blessed by this sexy new sashimi spot.
You want alfresco style dining, you’ve got it. Sweeping views of the city skyline, that’s here too. A sophisticated and inviting colour and decor combination winds through booths and bench seats leaving you feeling like you’re the subject of a feng shui photo shoot.
Look across the open plan kitchen where you might catch a glimpse of Executive Chef Shaun Presland. He’s mastered some kind of Black Belt in Japanese cuisine creation, and it shows throughout service.
Start with Hiramasa kingfish, yuzu soy, jalapeno slices with coriander followed by beef Tataki with garlic chips and snow pea sprouts which look like perfectly formed food origami.
Then allow yourself some time at the bar for what can only be described as a fascinating run down on the reasoning behind their obvious love of rice wine.
30 different styles of sake are listed for you to try by the glass, in small or large carafes, along with premium sake being offered by the bottle. A favourite will be The Kozaemon Yuzu Sake, a pure rice sake infused with Yuzu, a versatile Japanese citrus that wakes up your tastebuds. Whet the appetite with a Pink Blossom (timely, now that Spring has sprung) and the taste will take you somewhere warm and exotic with the key ingredient being the Japanese plum wine, Choya Umeshu. To end the night may we suggest a Choya Umeshu Kokuto – Plum wine infused with dark rum and balsamic – to put the perfect full stop to your Saké experience.
Booths, bench seats, private dining and an intimate function room lined with illuminated blossoms and oriental opulence means whatever the occasion, Saké has it covered.
Sake Restaurant Melbourne
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
Open seven days, lunch and dinner
T: (03) 8687 0775