In recent years, the quality of sake enjoyed in Japan and overseas has reached new levels, as brewers combine tradition and technology in new and exciting ways. The Joy of Sake celebrates the wonderful variety of delicious sake being made today.
First held in Honolulu in 2001, The Joy of Sake is the largest sake-tasting event held outside Japan. It showcases over 400 entries submitted to the 2018 U.S. National Sake Appraisal, presenting them alongside sake appetizers prepared by specialty restaurants.
The event is held in the penthouse “Tokubetsu Hall” of the TOC Building, a 10-minute walk from Gotanda Station. This attractive venue features plush carpeting, ambient lighting and a view of the Tokyo skyline.
Sake complements a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal.
Featured Dish: Szechwan-Style Marinated Saury and Vegetables
Featured Dish: Shrimp and Spinach Tomato Rissoto
Featured Dish: Blue Cheese Pie Sandwich served with “Nomirinko” gelee
Featured Dish: Lightly Toasted Hokkaido Pork Shabu Shabu served with maitake paste and egg sauce from Takeuchi poultry farm
Akaboshi & Kumagai
Featured Dish: Assorted Hokkaido Kitami Venison Tataki
Spice Bar Kozaburo
Featured Dish: Assorted Achar (Indian Pickles): Gizzard, Raw Peanuts and Soft Shell Shrimp
Featured Dish: Traditional Japanese Sweets Trio
Featured Dish: Bonito Pincho with white radish pickles and pink soy milk sauce
Featured Dish: Tomato surprise with miso-marinated chicken, olive oil grilled shimp and chicken liver pate with lotus root
Featured Dish: Lampredotto with Bricca original salsa verde and horseradish
Featured Dish: Special Hand Roll with truffle oil-marinaded Velvet Shrimp and Aurora cheese
Featured Dish: Nanban-Style Zosui with Nishizaki farm smoked duck
Featured Dish: Sakamai Potage Soup with karasumi powder
Featured Dish: Gluten-Free Penne Pasta in beet cream sauce served with two flavor sake lees
BEEF KITCHEN STAND
Featured Dish: Roast Beef with onion gelee on top