A Night of Sake Sensations
As I stepped into the opulent world of The Ivy Asia in Leeds last week, I knew I was in for an extraordinary experience. This elegant establishment, renowned for its beautiful décor and exquisite food, was host tonight for launching their new menu partnership, Sake Sensations. I had the privilege of being part of a VIP evening celebrating the art of Japanese craftsmanship and the rich history of sake. The stars of the night, aside from the food, of course? The exquisite offerings from Akashi-Tai, a brand that has mastered the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.
Celebrate World Sake Day
With World Sake Day just around the corner on the 1st of October, Ivy Asia, Leeds. has crafted a menu that is nothing short of a culinary symphony. For £85 per person, guests can immerse themselves in the world of sake and savour an array of dishes from Ivy Asia's luxurious Autumn menu. It was a chance to embark on a journey of taste, guided by the delicate flavours of Akashi-Tai sake, perfect for treating a loved one or celebrating a special occasion.
The Sake Sensations Experience
The evening began with a glass of Akashi-Tai Junmai Ginjo Sparkling Sake. This delightful, effervescent creation set the tone for the night. Paired with this sparkling sensation were smaller dishes that left an indelible mark on my palate. The Yellowtail Sashimi, adorned with fresh truffle, was a masterpiece in its simplicity. The delicate slices of fish melted in my mouth while the truffle elevated the dish to a realm of pure luxury. Alongside this, the Gochujang Glazed Fried Chicken, served by a golden monkey (that you want to take home!), added a delightful kick of flavour, making it impossible to resist.
As I savoured these exquisite dishes, I couldn't help but be impressed by the meticulous pairing of sake and food. The Akashi-Tai Junmai Ginjo Sparkling Sake, with its notes of pear and gentle bubbles, danced harmoniously with the Yellowtail Sashimi and the spicy allure of the Gochujang Glazed Fried Chicken.
Moving on to the main course, a glass of Tokubetsu Junmai awaited me; now, this one kicks a punch, so be ready! Luckily, the infamous Ivy Asia's Black Cod and Salt & Pepper Steak Fillet arrived at the table to balance things out, always a testament to the culinary prowess of the chefs. With its buttery tenderness, the Black Cod practically melted on my fork. It was a symphony of textures and flavours paired with the savoury Fillet. The Tokubetsu Junmai, with its balanced profile, was the perfect companion to this course, enhancing each bite.
A Sensory Journey
And then came the sweet crescendo of the evening, accompanied by a glass of Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu. The Red Dragon dessert was a visual masterpiece, with a little bit of theatre thrown into the mix to delight both the eyes and the taste buds. The Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu, a plum-infused sake, added a delightful fruity note to the dessert. It was a fitting end to a culinary journey that had taken me from sparkling beginnings to sweet conclusions.
As I reflected on the evening, I couldn't help but appreciate the legacy of Akashi-Tai sake. It's a brand that seamlessly blends Japanese craftsmanship, heritage, and modernity to create a symphony of flavours that lingers on the palate.
An Experience To Impress
The Sake Sensations menu at Ivy Asia is not just a dining experience for couples, families, and friends celebrating special occasions but perfect for all events, including corporate board meetings or special client lunches. The elegant surroundings of this Leeds venue leave a lasting impression, particularly the private dining area, accessible via its own lift. Who doesn't love a little bit of private luxury?
You will leave the meal feeling super satisfied from the sensory journey that captivates every one of your senses, and the only thing left on your mind will be, who do you want to impress and when can you bring them next?!
The Sake Sensations Menu is available at The Ivy Asia, Leeds, from the 13th of September to the 5th of November, 2023. Please contact the restaurant directly for bookings.