GENKI Noodles and Sushi - Highland
GENKI Noodles and Sushi - Highland
1040 N Highland Ave NE
AtlantaGA 30306
 (404) 853-3315

What To Drink With A Japanese Meal

What To Drink With A Japanese Meal

Asian fusion is becoming more and more popular. You will find that there are many delicious dishes to enjoy at GENKI Noodles and Sushi, ranging from sushi and sashimi to favorite bowls prepared by the chef. When it comes the food, it's easy to decide. Drinks, on the other hand, can be a little trickier. Certain dishes pair best with wine, others are good with beer, and some just can't be enjoyed without a little sake. Keep reading to find out which drinks to pair with your favorite dishes. 


Wine is a great option when you want to enjoy Asian fusion cuisine, and in particular, sushi and sashimi. You can choose a crisp, white wine like Riesling to ensure you don’t overpower the flavors of the sushi. It can act as a palate cleanser and bring a balance to the flavors of your meal. If you decide to order soba noodles for dinner, try pairing them with buttery wines, such as a Chardonnay. The dry, buttery undertones will pair nicely with the noodles. 

Red wines lovers should indulge in fish forward meals, especially the saucier dishes. If you find a bowl or fish entree with sweet and sour sauce, consider a light red wine such as a Pinot Noir. And for a drier wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, pair it with a delicious shrimp and noodle dish covered in teriyaki sauce.

Riesling Pairs Perfectly with Sushi


When it comes to Asian fusion cuisine, you might not think of beer as a go-to drink, but it actually can work quite well. A Hefeweizen can be a good choice because it is light and sweet, which pairs very well with sushi and sashimi. Avoid bitter beers and you will have a great balance to any Asian fusion dish you decide to order. Don’t be afraid to try something new as it can provide a great balance of flavor, especially if it has been recommended to you by a server or chef.


Beef can be an amazing pairing with sake and much of this is because of the fat content. There are unpasteurized types of sake that can harmonize delightfully due to the sweetness and acidity. Nama-genshu would pair well with the beef because of its robust nature. On the other hand, some sake is lighter and therefore would be a great accompaniment to sushi so you don’t overpower any of the flavors in the roll.

Don’t be afraid to try new pairings, because you may stumble upon something wonderful. Let your server make recommendations on what to drink based upon what you are going to order. Experimenting with Japanese cuisine can expose you to some amazing flavors, especially if you have never had sake before. Ultimately, you cannot go wrong. You simply want to take the plunge and try something.

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