Remember that time your favourite bar was turned into a Japanese Izakaya for one night? And they served you amazing whisky? No, because that didn’t happen. Yet. Thanks to Suntory Whisky, this little dream will become a reality with the launch of their House of Suntory Exclusive Takeovers, where, you guessed it, they’re turning bars into Izakayas and serving luxury whisky paired with matched cuisine.
Things are kicking off in Melbourne, aren’t we lucky? The House of Suntory: Exclusive Takeovers are going to be running on the third Wednesday of each month. All in different locations. The first event will be held at the uber secret, and very elegant Japanese bar and dining room, Hihou, on June 18, 2014.
These events will then roll out to Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney, in the hope of showing us all how wonderful Japanese whisky can be. Expected matched dishes, divinely and thoughtfully prepared to bring out the intricate flavours of Suntory’s Yamazaki (Suntory’s flagship single malt aged 12 years), Hakushu (a herbal and gently smoky single malt produced from Suntory’s mountain distillery aged 12 years) and Hibiki (a harmonious blend of whiskies combined to represent the ‘Art of Japanese Whisky’ aged 17 years).
Pricing starts at $20 for a whisky and matched bar snack, then goes up to $45 for a three-course menu paired with three whiskies; and finally, to experience the whole range, $100 will get you a full six course tasting experience with a matched Suntory Whisky. Think tuna and prawn cigars, grilled mushrooms, and the Hihou hot dogs with pickled cabbage and onion to be on the food menu at Hihou this June.
The House of Suntory Exclusive Takeovers
First pop up will be Hihou in Melbourne, on 18 June 2014
1st Floor 1 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000