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Sushi Fix owner Billy Tserenbat's enthusiasm is infectious. It's hard not to find yourself raising high a sip of sake and toasting, "Kampai!" at any given moment inside his restaurant on Lake Street in Wayzata. He bounds from kitchen to table, engaging each customer about the various dishes he's prepared while surreptitiously refilling sake servings.
Dining in a sushi restaurant is so often filled with hushed reverie, it's refreshing to find that it can actually be full-on fun. A riot of dishes and drinks will be served this weekend when Tserenbat invites guests for a sake tasting featuring several rare varieties.
Before attending one of these events, sake sipping had been an underwhelming experience for us, marked by bland flavors and questionable aftertastes. However, the sakes poured at the last Sushi Fix tasting event were revelatory, and the flavor complexity would rival any wine tasting.
With each sake, the chefs of Sushi Fix will prepare dishes to enhance the flavor experience. Tender raw fish, dressed lightly with zesty sauce, perk up one variety, while a pile of crispy fried pepper shrimp brings out the social tradition of another. With each course, guests will learn about the history of the brewery and the deep-rooted traditions of sake.
At the end of the last sake tasting event at Sushi Fix, Tserenbat, ever the gracious host, pulled out a very special bottle, which was rumored to cost $100 a pour, and filled every guest's glass, leading them in a collective toast. "Kampai!"
This Sunday, beginning at noon, attendees will have the opportunity to taste eight sakes as well as two especially selected by the chef. Sakes that will be poured and discussed include Eiko Fuji Namazake, Tsukinowa Tokubetsu, Gouriki Inabazuru, Maboroshi Kurobako, Watari Bune, Yoi no Tsuki, Ichishima Koshu, and traditional sake Gekkeikan. The chef's choice are Flying Pegasus and Deep Sea Water Sake.
Most of these selections are aged or rare varieties. Some are made in such small batches that they only make 200 to 300 bottles per year and require a lengthy waiting list. This is sure to be an ideal evening for both sake novices and aficionados. Tickets cost $100 per person and are available here
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862 Lake Street E., Wayzata, MN