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 approximately 390 entries submitted to the 2016 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 excellent acoustics for the performance of live Hawaiian music (and hula) at this once-a-year Tokyo event.
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. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2015 are listed below with the appetizers they served.
Featured Dish: Chinese-style Spicy Roast Beef with salmon patty on a scorched mochi rice canapé
Featured Dish: Wagyu Sukiyaki with egg espuma on top
Featured Dish: Pork and Mizuna Rissoto with a touch of yuzu and shichimi
Modern Catalan Spanish “BIKiNi”
Root Vegetable Mosaic Pinchos
Shrimp and Cream Cheese Pinchos
Koshi no Kanbai Manjia
Featured Dish: Koshi no Kanbai-flavored Scallop and Snow Crab Sautee served with kakinomoto sake lee sauce
Featured Dish: Blue Cheese Quiche
Featured Dish: Shinshu Venison and Wild Mashroom Terrine served with vegetable pickles
Featured Dish: Hokkaido Autumn Harvest Quenelle
Featured Dish: Beef Tendon Miso Stew Komahachi-style
Featured Dish: Grilled Tender Hen's Tail with fresh vegetables and Toritama original miso paste
Featured Dish: Salted Butterfish and Potato Tapas, Américaine Sauce Shrimp Tapas
Featured Dish: Steamed Crab Cake in clam and cabbage soup stock with Dewazakura Daiginjo
Featured Dish: Matsutake Osumashi Soup with shrimp and chicken dumpling
Koko Head Cafe
Featured Dish: Autumn Aloha
Duck, kabocha, foie gras, persimmon, chestnuts with maple syrup, sake, autumn spice infusion