Lonely Planet Writer

Pair Japanese sake KitKat with cocktails at this pop-up bar

If you plan to visit Tokyo soon, you’ll be able to sample the new plum sake KitKat chocolate bar aimed at visitors at a pop-up bar in the city. You can try out KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume at Citan, a café-bar-hostel in Tokyo’s Nihombashi neighbourhood, and it will be paired with cocktails for added joy.

You can try out KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume at Citan, a café-bar-hostel in Tokyo. Image: Nestlé Japan

Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume fruits in alcohol and sugar, and Nestlé Japan says the new chocolate bar aims to meet the demand for plum wine and umeshu overseas in recent years. It was developed under the production supervision of Hidetoshi Nakata, a former member of the Japanese national soccer team, who has travelled to more than 350 sake breweries around the country to develop a thorough knowledge of the Japanese rice wine.

The KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume will be paired with special cocktails. Image: Nestlé Japan

In addition to being able to taste the new product, guests can enjoy two original cocktails designed to be paired with KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume. There is a total of of 16 umeshu and Japanese sakes available that have been selected by Nakata. For this pop-up bar experience, which is being called Craft Sake Week @ KitKat Bar, the venue is also serving a cured mackerel and tofu sour cream tartine, exclusively created by Shinobu Namae, executive chef at Tokyo’s two-Michelin-starred L’Effervescence restaurant.

KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume is paired with umeshu and sake cocktails at Citan. Image: Nestlé Japan

KitKat launched in Japan in 1973, and Nestlé Japan has now created more than 350 varieties of the popular chocolate bar. The new KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-Ume is its latest offering, and it can be sampled at Citan until Monday 24 September. For further information, see here.