Recently, we were invited to a sake tasting session at Nomi Tomo Sake Bar located at Damansara Heights (right above Huckleberry). Nomi Tomo which is translated to "Drinking Buddies" in Japanese was opened in 2015 by 4 drinking buddies who graduated from Melbourne. This group of friends discovered their likings for sake during their uni days hence decided to open a bar when they are back here in Malaysia. With their hands-on knowledge on sake and direct contact with the distributor from Japan, they are able to offer a variety of sake at Nomi Tomo which can’t be found elsewhere.
Nomi Tomo is located in Plaza Damansara in Damansara Heights, KL and occupies two (2) shoplots on the upper floor of the row of shoplots near the Maybank branch. It stays true to the concept of a sake bar, and is an ideal venue for casual get-togethers, after-work drinks, or special occasions such as birthday/ anniversaries or even company events.
My view: This tasted like alcohol. Idk how else to describe it. Gave it away after one sip. Most of the men enjoyed this though :/
My view: This was the first sake served that night. I wasn’t expecting much from the first sake served, as I thought normally they would start with shitty one :P This sake caught me off guard, as it was unexpectedly smooth and easy to drink! It was nothing like those hard liquor that burns your throat, but instead, you would taste the soothing aroma from the very first sip.
My view: This tasted like alcohol. Supposedly goes well with food like the toridoki meats served at the bar. Not my type of sake although Steph enjoyed this (we teased her saying that’s cause she’s alcoholic XD).
By the time we finished all 8 sake from the Bijofu series, I was amazed I was still sober enough to be able to differentiate the sake after downing all the shots wtf.
Apart from sake, Nomi Tomo bar serves Japanese BBQ sticks aka toridoki. I am not a chicken person but the thigh was extremely juicy and tender! Totally gave me a new perspective of chicken! Make sure to try out the bacon wrapped enoki too.
One of the few questions I raised during the Q&A session was the price range. It ranges from RM120-RM600. And surprisingly, those that I liked during the tasting were from the lower priced range (cheap taste LOL), because as you would have guessed, the more expensive ones contain more alcohol percentage which I don’t fancy at all.
I have never thought I would enjoy sake this much. Nomi Tomo has definitely opened my eyes and gave me a whole new idea of sake through this amazing experience.
Thank you Nomi Tomo for hosting us!