In response to the increased demand and awareness of Sake amongst Sydney’s most discerning diners, the team behind Chef’s Armoury have decided to open the city’s first specialist store dedicated to the art and versatility of Japanese sake. Going by the simple name of Sakeshop, the store has flung open its doors on Percival Street in Stanmore, complementing the Melbourne location which has been operating in Richmond for the past four years.
Just like the Melbourne store, the business is operated by Leigh Hudson, a man who wears many hats as a former chef, sommelier, current IWC sake judge, and WSET accredited sake educator. Needless to say, customers are in good hands.
“We have many customers who love Japan, love Japanese culture and like us have struggled to find good sake in Australia”, explained Hudson, who plans on hosting various tastings and workshops at the store’s adjoining atrium area. “We want to make sake accessible to those people who have never tried good sake before”.
With an aim to bring Japanese sake to the masses and make it an everyday drink, Sakeshop will focus heavily on Nihonshu, Shochu, Umeshu and even a range of Japanese beer, starting at $8 and going all the way up to $188. Upcoming workshops include one designed to explore 3 Japanese sake expertly matched with everyday foods that people can find in their local neighbourhoods. The store will even be hosting their own WSET courses, of varying levels, to really give locals and visitors a comprehensive lesson on the beloved Japanese beverage.
On Wednesday 9th August and Saturday 16th September the store will also be setting up a pop-up Izakaya, with entry priced at $85. Flights of premium sake will be offered to those who head along to either date, served with modern Izakaya fare.
Address: 105-107 Percival Road, Stanmore
Contact: 02 9560 0811
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-4:30pm