As reported in How To Spend It just recently, sake consumption is on the up in the UK – not only in Japanese restaurants, but in fine-dining establishments of all kinds. On Monday January 1, C London in Mayfair will become the latest restaurant to join the trend when it launches a special tasting menu, pairing traditional Italian cuisine with Heavensake, a new duo of luxury sakes created by Piper-Heidsieck Champagne’s cellar master Régis Camus in collaboration with Urakasumi and Dassai, two of Japan’s top sake producers.
The four-course pairing menu (from £193 per person) begins with a glass of Heavensake’s exotically fruity Junmai Ginjo sake, served alongside a sweet-and-savoury antipasto of prosciutto and pear. A second course of creamy burrata, sweet datterini tomatoes and black olives will be paired with the more delicate, floral Junmai Daiginjo, while a main course of rib-eye tagliata and saffron risotto will be teamed with the Heavensake of the guests’ choice. The recommended match for the fourth and final course is the Italian classic tiramisù with Heavensake’s Junmai Ginjo, a match designed to enhance the sake’s citrus and blossom characters. A shorter menu of bespoke pairings is also available on request.
Launched in 2016, Heavensake is setting out to challenge people’s preconceptions about sake, says Camus. “I wanted to make sake more popular and introduce it to a larger audience that has not yet adopted it as a drink of choice, and who are looking for new sensations and new experiences. Clad in eye-catching aquamarine-and-black glass bottles, the Junmai Ginjo and Junmai Daiginjo have already proved popular with the fashion and clubbing sets.
The C London Heavensake menu will be available for three months from January 1 and is the first in a series of collaborations between Heavensake and some of London’s top restaurants – a series that “aims to break conventions that sake can only be enjoyed alongside Japanese cuisine”, says Camus.