Despite the huge popularity for sushi, finding somewhere to buy a good bottle of sake in London is not as easy.
Sake flavours can be as varied as the wines from Bordeaux, Marlborough and Tuscany and can cost anywhere from a few pounds to a few hundred. For this blog we’ve searched for places to buy sake in London that have a good range of flavours and prices.
Traditionally brewed only in Japan, sake exports to Europe have grown over the past 10 years. But in 2015, Dojima Sake setup in Cambridge to start production on the UK’s first sake. It’s not due to be publicly available until 2017 but is something we’ll be keeping an eye on.
So now that you know a bit more about it, here are our top places where you can find the best sake in London.
Hedonism’s reviews speak for themselves, with happy customers citing their ‘great selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff’ and ‘expert assistance’.
Selfridges have a huge selection of sake from £9.99 to £59.99. And only recently they hosted a Tastes of Japan installation, featuring a six seater sake bar in the wine hall. Let’s hope we see that again in the new year!
Berry Bros & Rudd, 3 St James’s St, London SW1A 1EG
Tel: 0800 280 2440
Among the Fine Wines and Spirits at Berry Bros. you’ll discover a carefully chosen range of mid to high-end sake. Four of which come from the 400 year old Kimura Brewery, including the 2012 World Champion Fukukomachi Daiginjo sake at £864 a case.
Japan Center, 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED
Tel: 020 3405 1151 (Online Store)
Umai, 19 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5AG
Tel: 020 3405 2392
Umai, 1 Fresh Food, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1GL
Tel: 020 3405 2394
Japan Center Cash amp; Carry, Unit 15 – 18 Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU
Tel: 020 3405 2388
You’ll have come across the Japan Centre in our guide to sushi grade fish in London and it’s for good reason that you find it here too. With the biggest range of sake in the UK, they’re a one stop shop for all your Japanese ingredients. Just don’t expect the one-on-one experience that you’ll get with some of the smaller retailers in this list.
Unlike Selfridges, Harrods’ selection of sake is on the small side, with just 3 bottles available at the time of writing. However they do stock the most expensive bottle on our list, the premium £595 Isake, Isake 19. The result of combining a French Sommelier with a Japanese Saké Expert to create a bottle given the same attention as the world’s finest wines.
Often seen as a cheaper alternative to Japan Centre but with just the one store. Rice Wine’s customers praise their sake selection and general variety of Japanese food stuffs. Unfortunately their online store is only available in Japanese, so you unless you read the language you’ll have to pay a visit to their Soho store.
Do you know a secret Sake spot in London? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to check it out.
Global Sake e-tailer, Premium Sake is now shipping to the UK. They have a vast collection of rare and vintage Sake for export, but be aware this is only for top end Sake and delivery costs start from £34.