By: Michelle Castillo
Did you know that Japan’s third best wine sommelier is at Kakure on Level 2 of Chateau TCC? Well, now you do, you’ll know to head to this sake bar next time you fancy Japanese swills and cuisine.
First impressions: High-end sake bar with omakase pairing, tucked away in a Scotts Road black-and-white bungalow.
The chosen one: The Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo, Nakadori Ki-sho Label artisanal house sake from Yamagata prefecture, served exclusively at Kakure and Ki-sho, and costing $438 a bottle. Sake sommelier Makoto-san gives you a primer of this sake that boasts an 18 percent polish rate. Makoto-san recommends drinking this in a traditional, wide-mouthed red wine glass to release the essence of its velvety-smooth flavour.
The cheapskate: A 50ml glass of Tensei Fuuro Honjozo sake will run you $9.
Bite on this: Spoil yourself with Chef Hamamoto’s six-course omakase and sake pairing menu! Our favourite was the grilled hida beef, melt-in-your-mouth wagyu that went perfectly with Taka Junmaiginjo Omachi sake. The omakase starts at $88 per person, rising in accordance with the number of courses, type of food and sake pairing.
Last but not least: Sommelier Makoto-san is ranked as Japan’s third-best sake sommelier. Kakure means “secret” in Japanese, and you truly feel like you’ve stumbled upon an intimate Meiji-era hideaway upon entering the six-seater upstairs bar with discreet Japanese-style niches for private meetings.
Level 2 of Chateau TCC
29 Scotts Road
6733 5251 | scotts29.com
This article first featured in the November 2015 issue of the magazine.