In the heart of Leederville if you want authenthic yummy Japanese Izakaya Style come down to Mon taste Japan it makes you feel close to Japan . Its cozy atmosphere which captivates Japanese culture makes your dining experience feel more intimate.
On this night was also a special sake tasting for a new arrival. Kiku-masune Sake Brewery representative came to visit from Japan . They were showcasing 2 selections. First was Junmai Taru Sake & Junmai Koujo Sake.
For Junmai Taru there was a fruity aroma, the temperature which was semi cool room temperature was just right to get that dry character . Which was extra smooth. At cold temperature the flavour changes to somewhat fruity so the dry character becomes richer towards the end.
Junmai Koujo, was quite fruity but at room temperature there wasn't much of a contrast . The representative stated it was similar to daiginjo. The texture of the sake doesn't remind of a daiginjo, but the fruity richness did. To make it they used the traditional Kimoto Method where poles are used for the yeast starter to make the fermentation to convert starch to sugar to alcohol faster. For tasting we were given at room temperature preferably I would think colder would be better to bring up acidity to refresh the palate.
To go with our sake, we chose a few dishes:
Crispy Lotus Chips - Ahhh my kinda of chips and its healthy too :p , the lotus chips was not too thick it was thin like and crispy just as it should be.
Japanese Okonomiyaki pancake - Your first bite into the layer of okonomi sauce which is not "oversweet" but perfect balance of sweet and salty. The inside of the okonomiyaki still held its shape and you can enjoy in one mouth-full.
Chicken Kaarage- crispy chicken nuggets size the chicken inside is juicy and tender mayonaise to dip on the side.
Fresh Sashimi - The cut of the fish is dealt with precision that it just melts in your mouth, with sake it cleanses and combines beautifully in your making your palate wanting more..
Enjoyable evening with great food and Japanese sake.