Wednesday, May 11, 2011
'Mountain Happiness' specializes in ayu, a small river fish that you've probably seen, if you've seen them, skewered on pieces of bamboo that are stuck in the sand around a fire. The signs say "Ayu Cooking" and "Village of Ayu". I always think it's sinister when a place describes itself that way, or the sign shows the featured animal chowing down on a big bowl of...its brethren. The only way this is a village for Ayu is if it's a death camp.
No, I kid. This is a really funny thing if you've followed any of the sake bar exploration I've done. They have about 20 varieties of sake (though not, of course, the Juyondai that they show on the menu). And most of those sakes are not 'pure rice'. In fact, they're not even 'real brewed'. What they've done here is scour the country and select a range of 'normal' sake. Almost every sake you've ever seen mentioned in this site features no sake of that type - it's too normal.
Koshi no Suiki from Kiminoi brewing (were I being poetic, I would translate this as "Your Well Brewing's Drunken Demon from Beyond". Actually I am being poetic. I just ordered it so I could write that here.
My interest in returning to this place is even smaller.