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The Mainichi newspaper reports on a sake bar called Sugar Sake & Coffee in Asagaya, Tokyo that is serving sake – cold and hot – with food from a whole range of different cultures.

It stands out not only for the mix of foreign foods on its menu but also for the surprising affinity that sake has with spicy food.

The inside is more like a cafe than an izakaya, with a cosy atmosphere created by husband and wife team and Kenichi and Maiko Sato. They also serve Chinese shaoxing rice wine and western wine, letting their customers find even more new worlds of taste combinations.

The article also lists some items from their menu including a spring roll and sake pairing:

Sanma (saury) and yukina greens spring roll(JPY 864) with

BY2012 Furei Yamada Nishiki (JPY 950)

The fatty sanma is seasoned by the salty yukina, and there’s a perfect match between the fermented notes of the pickled yukina and the matured Furei.