Best five Toronto restaurants to scarf a sake

Something there is about a frigid mid-winter day that sends the mind in the direction of sake. If you can’t warm your bones from the outside, after all, you might as well work on it from the inside.Toronto is fortunate to be blessed with a whack of bona fide sake joints where chilly travelers might find heat-bearing relief in the form of this minor miracle of fermented rice. Here are five of the best:

Blowfish Restaurant & Saki Bar

668 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M7

As if the nigri and maki, the refined crowds and light-smattering chandeliers were not enough of a draw to this elegant downtown restaurant, the sweet sake offerings here cap the deal. There are lots to choose from, so pace yourself. Special mention to the ginger grapefruit saketini.

Momofuku Nikai

190 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

There’s no shortage of creative cocktails available to wash down the kimchi apple salad and chilled spicy noodles at this Financial District charmer, but best to up the authenticity of your Asian experience by honing in on the real-deal sake. Teion sakura and nama nama are Momofuku Nikai’s pristine pair.

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Treat your taste buds to a genuinely unique encounter with a brewery tour at this Distillery District darling. A tour of the limestone-walled brewery — eastern North America’s first sake brewery —includes a detailed description of the sake-making process and the opportunity to taste a quartet of the robust result. Tours are held Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and cost $15 a head.

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