And discover a very special underground Japanese cocktail and sake bar; Shibuya Underground.
A reservation at this intimate 10 seater bar is nothing short of a ticket to Tokyo. On arrival you’ll embark on a six course tasting experience. There are two options to choose from; cocktails or sake. We’re going to give you the full low-down on the cocktail experience but trust us when we say – try both – you won’t regret it!
Even if sake isn’t your go-to drink (it’s not ours either) you will be blown away by the diversity of the sake tasting menu. The experience is delivered by fully trained Sake Professionals (fun fact – there are less than 2,500 people globally with that qualification) and we are assured that there are no stupid questions (we say that having asked A LOT of questions) so, if you want to, you can get your nerd on and delve into the land of the rising sun.
What should you expect from the Shibuya Underground Cocktail Experience?
Chapter 1 – Tea
Once you’ve settled in, your liquid journey begins with Saicho Sparkling Umami Cold Brew Tea, the only non-alcoholic course on the menu.
The menu plays out as a story, with five more chapters to enjoy. Every drink has a story, a reason for featuring on this special menu curated by bar owner and sake expert Samuel Bolton. The fantastic service is part of what makes this tasting experience so special – each drink is personally introduced to you.
Chapter 2 – Watermelons
One of our favourites, inspired by the ornamental cubed watermelons that are oh-so-popular in Japan.
Junmai Daiginjo Sake Shochu – Watermelon – Salt
Chapter 3 – Yakuza
Japanese Whisky – Nori – Salted Caramel
Chapter 4 – Rice
Daiginjo Sake – White Chocolate – Vanilla
Chapter 5 – Umami
Ki No Tea Gin – Clarified Matcha
The matcha is actually a house-made cordial. You’ll find real care has been taken to source the perfect ingredients for each one of the drinks on the menu.
Chapter 6 – Dessert
And finally, a plum sake blended with Gentian, citrus and ginger ale.
Extraordinarily both tasting menus are under £45, an absolute steal.
You’ll need a reservation to gain entry, bookings can be made online. Book now before everyone discovers the secret of Shibuya Underground.