I like to keep my pairings simple: like with like. Sushi and sake take this practice to a literal level by creating an uncomplicated coupling of rice with rice.
At Baba Sushi’s new Sturbridge location, the staff is well equipped to recommend sake that compliments each unique roll. You can even sign up for one of the private sushi making classes held on Sunday mornings if you want to feel what it’s like to work on the line. Scoop up sticky balls of rice with your bare hands, wield a chef’s knife and sculpt your splashy creations into perfect cylinders while sipping warm cups of sake.
If you’d prefer to sit at a table, here are some loose guidelines to steer your palate:
- A dry sake will elevate the freshness of the fish when it comes to clean and simple sashimi dishes like the Hirame.
- With western rolls that rely on sweet and spicy sauces like Baba’s Holiday Maki, request a sake with high acidity to cut through its bold flavor profile.
- Rolls containing oilier fish like the Spicy Toro Maki will stand up to creamy, heavier bodied sakes.
- Big, bright, funky sakes pair well with rolls that employ tempura and BBQ sauce such as Baba’s Dragonfly Maki.
A visit to Baba is never complete without a quail egg Oyster Shooter and an order of the Kaiso Seaweed Salad. This pair is sure to immerse you in the refreshing textures and aromas of Japanese cuisine.