Portland’s first shop dedicated solely to sake is now open inside a speakeasy alleyway, serving varieties you’d never find at your average neighborhood sushi restaurant.
Sunflower Sake opened in late fall at 5427 NE 30th St., adjacent to Dame: the wine shop and eatery known for hosting pop-up kitchens in its dining room.
The sake store is stocked with a carefully curated selection of approximately 125 bottles, all available to purchase. Those who prefer to sample and then commit can also take advantage of the on-premises tasting room, where you can explore rice wine by the glass, carafe or bottle along with an assortment of housemade snacks. Takeout from the area’s concentration of restaurants is also allowed.
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