The new sake offering follows 45 Park Lane head sommelier Vanessa Cinti’s recent qualification as a sake sommelier, a certification recognised across the globe awarded by The Sake Sommelier Association. The name ‘Shini-Tai’ is a Sumo term given to the losing wrestler, deemed to have no chance of winning due to the superior sumo of his opponent.
Bar 45 will offer guests a ‘Sake Flight’ of three exciting sake flavours creating an exclusive offering within the London restaurant scene. The flight will comprise of sakes from small producers, chosen for their quality, flavour and array of style. Amabuki Marigold brewed with yeast from the blossoms of marigold following a traditional Yamahai method, Kirin Vintage 2013, vintage sake with a rich sherry like taste and Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo a special sake aged in barrels of Domaine Ramonet (renowned Burgundy producer) will all be served at a chilled temperature.
New Rough CUTs by pastry chef Niamh Larkin will be added to the BAR 45 menu to compliment the sake.
Guests will also have the option to choose from a selection of exclusive sakes available by the bottle at both BAR 45 and CUT at 45 Park Lane, allowing Cinti to showcase the spirits remarkable versatility when paired alongside executive chef David McIntyre’s new Asian influenced dishes on the menu this spring. Examples include Scallop ceviche, spring onions, shiso, wasabi-kosho ponzu, Tuna tartar cones, ginger, wasabi, sesame-miso tuille, and Steamed sea bass “Hong Kong” style, chili oil, garlic, ginger.
Commenting on the new offering, head sommelier Vanessa Cinti said, “I have always been fascinated with Japan, its culture and customs. I was introduced to sake via my love of Japanese cuisine and it has quickly become a passion bordering on an obsession. I look forward to introducing our guests to this unique spirit.”
On 1 September 2011, world-renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck made his restaurant debut in Europe when he opened CUT at 45 Park Lane. Located in Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, the modern America steak restaurant offers outstanding steaks, an extensive wine list and impeccable service, in a fun, buzzing and dynamic environment. Head sommelier Vanessa Cinti oversees a carefully selected international wine list that constantly evolves. Fittingly, there is an emphasis on American wine, showcasing some of the country’s finest producers, alongside a strong cross-section of wines from around the globe including new and old world selections. Four years since opening, CUT at 45 Park Lane has established itself as a leader on the London dining scene, and was most recently the first London restaurant to re-introduce Japanese Wagyu beef after a three year embargo.
Sake Flights from £45 per person, or a glass of sake at either BAR 45 or CUT at 45 Park Lane priced from £10.