Sugar Rush: Sake Kasu Ice Cream at Yopparai

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.


[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Yopparai has two desserts options on the menu. The first is this Sake Kasu Ice Cream ($7), housemade from sake lees—the by-product of sake production—and it bears a texture that's like a cross between traditional ice cream and soft serve. It's silky but refreshing, with subtle rice and sake notes, but light on the finish.

Yopparai also offers a particularly fine Shave Ice ($6) topped with flavored sake—your pick from tangerine, plum, or yuzu. We prefer the latter for the bright and sweet-tart whip of yuzu in each spoonful.


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