PS Sake in Taipei – A romantic encounter between sake and food
PS Sake came highly recommended by a fellow guest I chatted with at Draft Land. The entire experience was fantastic, and the owner personally looked after me, providing guidance throughout the entire concept. Not only did he offer samples of different sake varieties, but he also demonstrated the traditional way to enjoy sake—sipped from a masu, a charming wooden square box.
Tucked away in a labyrinth of side streets, PS Sake Bar is a delightful fusion of an izakaya and a restaurant. As you step inside, the ambiance strikes a perfect balance – a blend of traditional izakaya charm and the warmth of a cosy restaurant. The seating is thoughtfully spaced, creating an intimate yet comfortable atmosphere, and the lighting, though slightly dim, adds to the overall inviting vibe. For those seeking a more private dining experience, there’s an additional room available.
Upon entering, I was warmly welcomed by the host, Jack, who ushered me to a seat at the bar counter. Jack, the embodiment of hospitality, introduced himself and promptly inquired about my preferences. Admitting my novice status in the world of Sake, I sought his guidance for recommendations. Jack, in response, presented an array of samples, each revealing distinct characteristics – from sour and rich to spicy and sweet. Every sake offered was meticulously chosen, ensuring an ideal complement to any meal.
Jack, ever attentive, also inquired about my dinner plans and suggested some delectable smaller dishes. A standout recommendation was the chicken skin dumplings, a culinary delight. Imagine a crispy dumpling where succulent meat is encased in chicken skin, creating a mouthwatering sensation. The accompanying gravy, surprisingly sweet, adds an extra layer of flavour. Despite the focus on sake, the culinary offerings at PS Sake Bar are equally impressive, drawing inspiration from Japanese cuisine.
PS Sake Bar provides various options for enjoying your Sake experience, offering single cup servings of 180 ml or a drinking set consisting of three cups with a 60 ml capacity each. Jack graciously demonstrated the art of drinking sake from a masu, a traditional and ceremonial practice in Japan. The masu, a wooden square box, sits atop a saucer, capturing any spills and enhancing the cultural and aesthetic aspect of the experience. To savour sake from a masu, you pour it until it overflows slightly, symbolising abundance and generosity. The manner in which you drink from a masu is a personal choice. Holding it at the corner for small sips provides a refined experience, allowing you to relish the sake gradually. Alternatively, for a more adventurous approach, one can drink directly from the masu, a tradition often reserved for celebratory occasions. When presented with a masu, it’s customary to express gratitude by taking a sip before placing it back on the table. Keep in mind that the approach to drinking sake from a masu can vary based on personal preferences and the formality of the setting. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural experience at PS Sake Bar and savour the unique flavours of sake – a journey worth undertaking.