The World’s Best Wine Lists recognizes the growing global appreciation and availability of sake. The Best Sake List outside Japan category highlights the lists that focus almost exclusively on sake or have a particularly strong selection of sake within a broader offering. Knowledge of sake among restaurateurs and sommeliers around the world is growing rapidly, alongside the appreciation of Japanese culture, cuisine, and design. Despite the different origins, raw materials, and production techniques of sake and wine, the sake sections of lists are judged by the same criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.
Best Sake List outside Japan
Saké, The Rocks - Global Winner 2022
The flagship restaurant of the Saké Restaurant and Bar group is housed in an elegant, split-level heritage building in The Rocks area of Sydney with original sandstone features and a stylish crowd-pleasing ambience. Accents of Japanese design are present in a beautiful wall of bright-coloured sake barrels. Premium produce and precise Japanese craftmanship underscore menus that are designed to be shared and impossible not to enjoy. Super-fresh, sustainable seafood is sliced and diced by meticulous sushi masters into made-to-order delicate sushi and sashimi, intricate starters and main courses, and exquisite desserts. Centuries-old, Japanese robata grilling is another central element of each menu. Menu options include à la carte and banquet menus, as well as the revered style of Omakase dining, where guests leave themselves entirely in the expert hands of the Chef. The wine list is focused on Australian produce but also features wines from around the world. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of Japanese drinks, particularly a mix of classic and new age sake, but also including craft beers, whisky, shochu or umeshu.
Address: 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000, NSW, Australia