Otokoyama served up all purdyI am coming to love japanese websites translated into english! I am starting a japanese class in march, so I’m sure it won’t be so funny when I need to translate Japanese into english myself. Be that as it may, when I was researching this sake called Otokoyama that I sampled last night, their website referred to sake as an “International Habitual Drink” he he. You can say that again! I may rename my blog Urban-International-Habitual-Drink.com. I think it will catch on.

However sketchy their webmaster’s translation skills, Otokayama came as a startling suprise. This was was one of my signature Sake “stab in the dark” selections off a Sake menu — luckily this time I was rewarded. My Friend Scott B and I went to this cute noodle house on W. 55th called Menchanko-tei. The serving of Otokoyama in question was about 6 oz for $8.50. The presentation was great – a very handsome red laquer bowl with a spout and a small blue sake cup. Presentation, I’m coming to understand, is one of the factors that makes drinking sake such a pleasure when out on the town.

Otokoyama hand model
The Sake menu at Menchanko-tei was a little sparse on the details… I think this is the Otokoyama Junmai Export sake you see on their website here. In any case, it was a smooth and very drinkable sake, quite a treat and very good with the japanese dishes we had such as shumai and ramen. For me, the price was right and the sake a real standout, if it is indeed a junmai. I’ll have to go back – I didn’t think to ask. next time, next time.