Friday, June 10, 2011

Suivie - 酔美

Suivie's Bar is a Saga City institution that has been catering to clientele from all walks of life for nigh on 20 years. The Master behind the counter, Naoki, is always ready to greet you with his infectious grin and friendly banter. Word of warning though, he enjoys nothing more than seeing his customers get very drunk and late at night you will often see a few "tired and emotional" patrons passed out on the bar! Here he is with a few lucky ladies...

Suivie is renowned for it's excellent cocktails and huge collection of whisky and bourbon. Whether you order a Mojito, Godfather, or just a simple gin and tonic, the level of care and attention used to pour each drink is spectacular. Naoki is a fluent English speaker and, ably assisted by lovely barmaid Serena, will always attempt to cater to every whim and fancy of the customer, so whatever you want don't hesitate to ask. Highly recommended are the legendary "Dirty Boy Scout" (be very wary of the "Flaming Dirty Boy Scout Special"), and "The Bulls**t". All cocktails, draught beers, bottled beers, spirits, liquers and wines are very reasonably priced.
Below is a Dirty Martini. Lovely.

While originally being primarily a cocktail bar, Suivie has evolved gastronomically and now serves a wide variety of gourmet dishes. Many patrons were initially partial to the Italian fare served at Suivie, such as the famous handmade seafood pizza seen below, which is a mere 1200yen and perfect with a glass of dry white Italian wine,  and their many pastas and risottos (the Gorgonzola Risotto is pretty damn tasty).

Suivie has recently updated it's menu, and it now includes several Spanish-style tapas dishes and also offers freshly sliced cured Serrano ham. Juicy, tender and superb with a glass of dry sherry and a few mixed olives.

Even though Naoki has revamped his menu, he has still retained the old favourites. Such as the mighty Steak Platter - a huge chunk of prime Aussie beef, garlic toast, chunky chips and generous blob of wholegrain mustard - all for the bargain price of 1500yen!

They also have the awe-inspiring "Suivie Burger", which consists of a mouth-watering pattie of pure ground Japanese beef, topped with a velvety fried egg and a thick slice of fresh onion while resting elegantly on a bed of juicy tomato and pickles. Only 650yen and absolutely divine!

Suivie is comparatively large for a bar in Saga. Naoki and staff often cater for weddings, birthdays and other functions. If you are looking for somewhere with a little more class than your average "all you can drink" Izakaya for a party then give Suivie a call - they will definitely give you a good deal. Suivie also has a large screen and a projector, making it a great place to watch sport (Premier League etc) and other live events.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing cocktail after a hard day's graft, wanting to entertain friends or searching for a top quality meal in refined surroundings, Suivie is a definite must for the Saga dweller. See you there!

Suivie Bar and Restaurant 酔美
Open every single day. Mon to Thurs 6pm to 3am. Fri and Sat 6pm to 5am. Sun 6pm to 12am.
Shirayama 2-1-3, Saga City
Check out the link - Suivie 酔美