What to imbibe: Kinshi Masamune, Aramasa Junmai Viridien sake
Kakure’s interiors are a contemporary take on Meiji and Edo-era aesthetics. Taking residence in one of the island’s historic black-and-white bungalows, this intimate 15-seater sake bar is tucked away on the second floor of the celebrated Ki-sho omakase restaurant. Home to one of the largest sake lists in Singapore, the selection includes limited edition sakes and small handcrafted brews rarely seen outside of Japan. The house sake Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo, Nakadori Ki-sho Label is the star brew to sip at the suji wood counter, the same wood that is often used to build sake barrels. Much like wine, sakes reflect the terroir and lifestyle of a region and its people. Kakure’s list attempts to be a genuine reflection of Japan. Each sake is brought in only once, so depending on how regular your visits are, your experience with each sake style will be unique every time.
“Wonderful bar bites from the same kitchen as Ki-sho accompanies a wide variety of premium, rare sakes like Kokuryu ‘Ishidaya’ or ‘Nizaemon’. They also have interesting sakes, such as a pink sake, which is produced with a special yeast.”— Kyoko