Most people associate sake with sushi. We often hear, “I’m having sushi, so what sake should I order?” This thinking is fair and logical, but, in reality, sake is consumed in Japan with a wide variety of food and flavors.
When you go to a sake bar, or “izakaya,” you will find food that is salty, stinky, fatty, oily, fried, citrusy, acidic, spicy, funky, creamy, meaty, and more. You will find fish, meat, vegetables, pickles, dairy, and other fermented foods.
The Japanese table also consists of many dishes or courses. Rarely will you have a square meal. If you enjoy sake with these many different dishes and flavors, you will see how versatile it is.