Following up on last month’s introduction of new places around the globe to enjoy shochu, Shochu Scope is back with some fresh finds.
If you know of any good shochu bars in your area that you’d like us to feature, then send a link and brief description our way. We’re especially interested in recently opened venues that haven’t received that much press yet, but tried and true watering holes that are working hard to bring shochu and awamori to a wider audience are just as deserving of praise.
Here are a few interesting that we uncovered recently:
- KURO is a new upscale, kaiseki-inspired Japanese restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It opened at the end of March, and in addition to stocking shochu behind the bar, the drink has already found its way onto the cocktail menu. Executive Chef Alex Becker, who has previously worked for Nobu and Katsuya, was quoted thusly, “Not many Japanese restaurants of this scale or volume build their menu around seasonal items.”
- Daikaya in Washington, DC has revamped its menu according to Summer Whitford at The Daily Meal. After a bowl of ramen, head to the bar for some izakaya staples and a few glasses from the decent shochu list. Whitford says that there are new shochu and awamori cocktails on the menu this spring.
- Nihonshu Shochu and Sake Bar in Melbourne, Australia is by no means new, but it has steadily increased the number of shochu and awamori that it lists on its menu. Their menu recommends that you try the awamori warmed, but we’d actually recommend having it mizuwari as it’s often enjoyed in its native Okinawa.
We hope to get around to all three of these in the future, but if you make it there first then let us know in the comments.
And if you’ve been there more than once, then why not submit a review so that others know where to find good food and shochu?