Coach Sushi does not offer bottomless sake. Instead, they offer refillable sake, which definitely sounds like a classier, less indulgent, less bait for freshly 21 college assholes version of what is basically just bottomless sake. They’re fairly aware of the consequences of offering refillable sake, so, as I sat down to eat and drink, it was warming to see that they had a small warning about drinking too much along with a list of phone numbers for cabs.
The refillable sake comes in thick wood boxes, and Coach, an older Japanese man, walks around the small restaurant with a giant bottle of sake, topping off the boxes for people who do and do not want more sake. It’s not something you ask for, or something you can refuse, it’s just there: an ever present, almost overflowing square wooden box full of sake.
Now, if you’re the type of person who believes in moderation, or calorie counting, or knowing exactly how much you’ve had to drink already, this experience might not be for you. If you’re the type of person who likes to drink to a blackout on a regular occasion, then this is probably your cup of tea, because bottomless mimosas and refillable sake live in the same realm of beckoning all ilk of alcoholics.
The small boxes seem like a primitive cup, but they lend to the fun of drinking, as with the first sip you lift the box to your mouth and try to figure out what’s the best way to open your mouth to this too thick box full of seemingly inaccessible booze. Note to beginners: the corner acts as a small spout, and the woodiness of the box lends to the earthiness of the sake. A small dab of salt on the corner to open up the flavors, and the ever flowing sake can be both the first memory of the evening and the last thing you remember drinking that night.
I’ll be honest - I don’t even remember how much the masu sake costs, but it might be only $6 (if my memory serves me right, which it might not, seeing as I was drinking boatloads of sake). It’s not something they advertise on the website, The food is also, of course, amazing, but, hey, this blog is about alcohol, not food, so let’s stick to the script.
Best time to go When you don’t have work the next day
Location 532 Grand Ave
Links Website link - although no mention of refillable sake