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 300 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. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2017 are listed below with the appetizers they served.
Featured Dish: Cold Style Pike Conger and Sweet Potato appetizer with touch of yuzu
Featured Dish: Three Autumn Assorted Appetizers: Duck loin and mashed sweet potato, Salmon and Salmon Roe Rice, Snapper Croquette with truffle sauce on top
Featured Dish: Torotoro Tender Pork and Turnip Rissoto with a hint of Kyo-shichimi
Koshi no Kanbai Manjia
Featured Dish: Echigo-mochi Pork Shabu Shabu with kakinomoto and Koshi no Kanbai sake lees sauce
Modern Catalan Spanish “BIKiNi”
Tortilla de patata con queso manchego
Pintxos de langostino al ajillo frio
Featured Dish: Quiche Itoshima! Itoshima Vegetable and Itoshima Pork Bacon Tart with parmesan cheese cream brulee
Featured Dish: Hokkaido Rice and Potato Dashi Cake served with Beast Kitchen special sauce
Akaboshi & Kumagai
Featured Dish: Assorted Hokkaido Kitami Sika Venison Tataki
Featured Dish: Soba galette with two delightful dips
Featured Dish: Sake Dessert Assortment: Kunpu Jellied White Azuki Paste, Kintsuba, Sweet Fruit Mochi
Featured Dish: Kai Salmon Red Sushi with marinated Kawasaki Fukukomachi Turnip and green lemon sauce
Featured Dish: Shuto Potato Salad wrapped in pie pastry with truffle flavor and lobster sauce
Featured Dish: Original Prosciutto Cotto with sauerkraut and yama-wasabi
Featured Dish: Stewed Kyushu Conger Eel Temaki Sushi with smoked radish pickles and natural cheese garnish