Ask Beau - "Name one local flavor that goes well with sake!"
My favorite is Torikawa or chicken skin! Greasy and salty and semi- chewy, basically you feel like Hannible Lecter at dinner. And one of my current favorite providers of good Yakitori is a restaurant called Ippuku in Berkeley. What is funny is they serve some very good sakes on a bar list loaded with Shochu. When I say funny I only do so, because they serve one sake from a cool brewery called Tedorigawa. So I eat Torikawa with Tedorigawa! Here are my thoughts as I wrote them down on my last visit:
Torikawa is $5
Tedorigawa Yamahai is $8 by the glass or $16 by a 300ml server
"The skin is fatty and the brew takes the oil. Good wash good feeling. Dry in general but Tedorigawa drinks with a hint of fruit with the skin. The acidity of the brew breaks up and cleans the oils. Add a little pepper and the acidity holds! The saltiness of the chicken skin is consumed by the balance of the sake."
$13 well spent!
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