As local sake connoisseurs will know, Juyondai - a cult brew made by a small-scale producer in Japan's central Yamagata prefecture - is scarce in Hong Kong.
However, Causeway Bay restaurant Kishoku has got its hands on 14 varieties and is offering a special promotion this Friday (Valentine's Day) for lovers of the hard-to-find liquor. An eight-course Valentine's dinner, featuring some of the restaurant's signature dishes and others devised especially for the occasion, will be paired by the chefs with six Juyondai 14th Generation sakes. The price for dinner is HK$1,850 per head, not including the sakes, which are priced at HK$580 per 300ml carafe (the other eight varieties are available only by the bottle).
"The beauty of the Juyondai sake is that it has a great balance between a fruity and rice flavour. The rice flavour is strong yet gentle … and extremely aromatic," says Kishoku chef To Chi-hang.
The good news for serious sake drinkers who don't wish to be distracted by romantic imperatives is that Kishoku's special sakes will be available at the restaurant for a full three months from Friday.
Kishoku - which opened its doors in May last year - is a new contender in Hong Kong's high-stakes, high-end Japanese dining scene and has already won several awards, including Hong Kong Tatler's best new restaurant for 2014. Its signature half uni (sea urchin) topped with minced tuna and salmon roe (right) was rated by Hong Kong website Word of Mouth (womguide.com) as one of 200 dishes to try before moving to Mars.
Kishoku is at 5/F, Bigfoot Centre, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay. For reservations, phone 2893 0333.