Contemporary Japanese gastrobar Kabuke unveils Kabuke Den, its sake tasting room dedicated to exploring the wonders of sake.
If you’re a sake enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Kabuke. You’ll know the Telok Ayer Street gastrobar for its contemporary Japanese cuisine, well-loved for their popular elevated donburi rice bowls and modern takes on classic Japanese izakaya favourites along with a dazzling array of sake for your pairing pleasure.
But with Singaporeans getting more curious about sake – just think of how packed recent sake events such as Sake Matsuri and Sake Festival Singapore have been – Kabuke looks to tap into that interest by launching a new space: Kabuke Den.
Located on the upper level of its Telok Ayer shophouse, Kabuke Den is designed as a dedicated sake tasting room that seeks to offer an immersive experience for those who want to get their feet (and palates) wet in the intricate world of sake. It’s a modular space that can be converted into a classroom-type setting or tasting bar. Here Kabuke’s chief sake expert Keiji Heng holds court, hoping to create an inclusive environment for sake enthusiasts to learn more about Japan’s national alcoholic beverage.
Kabuke Den offers up ala carte sake flights and guided sake tasting experiences, the latter of which you have to sign up in advance for. They are currently conducting a tasting session focused around understanding sake made with Omachi rice (an heirloom strain commonly grown in Okayama and Hiroshima), but Keiji says other themes are in the pipeline.
Unlike at most other Japanese bars – even sake-centric ones – you’re encouraged to interact and ask questions about your tipples. “Our mission is to communicate the stories behind sake and create an inviting space for everyone to learn, appreciate and enjoy this remarkable Japanese tradition,” Keiji shares.
Looking to hop on a sake discovery journey? Kabuke Den is a great place to hide yourself away and learn about the wonders of sake.
[Photos courtesy of Kabuke]
Address 200 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068638 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 6pm to 11pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 6pm to 12am Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays to Tuesdays
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