Indulge in 10 different sake from 5 sake breweries with splendid cuisine
Co-organised by Deja Vu Sake Company, Gourmet Traveller Wine and Taxi Dining Room, a five-course degustaion sake dinner featuring ten sake from five sake breweries was held on 6 September at Taxi Dining Room.
It was a special night because five passionate representatives from Amanoto (Asami Shuzo), Dewazakura (Dewazakura Sake Brewery), Houraisen (Sekiya Brewery), Tengumai (Syata Syuzou) and Yoshinogawa (Yoshinogawa Co) came all the way from Japan to promote their splendid sake. Rather than another ordinary sake presentation, it was a night full of entertainment and laughter with delicate cuisine and accompanying sake prepared by the team led by Tony Twitchett and Ikuei Arakane (aka Kin-san).
Some tapas and sake cocktail (lychee flavoured) to warm up our palates
From left to right
1. Dewazakura – Dewa Sansan Junmai Ginjo
2. Yoshinogawa – Gokujo Ginjo
3. Yoshinogawa – Gensen Karaguchi
4. Amanoto – Junkara Junmai
5. Amanoto – Junmai Ginjo
6. Houraisen – Beshi Tokubetsu Junmai
7. Houraisen – Bessen Honjozo
8. Dewazakura – Yamada Nishiki Daigunjo 48
9. Tengumai – Umajun Junmai
10. Tengumai – Yamahai Jikomi Junmai
First Course with Yoshinogawa (EST 1548, NIIGATA)
Chawanmushi with Kumamoto oysters and yuzu dashi
Gensen Karakuchi (served warm)
Gokujo Ginjo 50
Second Course with Amanoto (EST 1917, AKITA)
Tuna sashimi with konbu dressing and shitake miso
Third Course with Houraisen (EST 1864, AICHI)
Wagyu tataki with Saikyo miso dressing
Beshi Tokubtsu Junmai (served warm)
Fourth Course with Dewazakura (EST 1892, YAMAGATA)
Ocean trout, fennel and nashi pear with sake dressing
Dewa Sansan Junmai Ginjo
Yamada Nishiki Daiginjo 48
Fifth Course with Tengumai (EST 1823, ISHIKAWA)
Taxi's sticky pork with Japanese sea scallop and red chilli dressing
Yamahai Jikomi Junmai
Complimentary Dessert Plate
Representatives from Tengumai, Dewazakura and Houraisen (from left to right)
The five gentlemen briefly introduce their sake breweries and continued on with their specialties and advantages, as well as some sake and Japan trivia. How could we forget the swift dance moves of Tengumai (literally the dance of the monster "Tengu"), the velvety soft and smooth skin of Yoshinogawa's representative, and the association with beautiful Akita ladies suggested by Amanoto.
Every guest was happy to share their opinion on each sake as well as their experience with sake and/ or in Japan. Planning your end of year getaway? How about enjoying your favourite sake after a relaxing onsen (hot spring) or a thorough sake brewery tour during the snow season in Japan?
Taxi Dining Room
Level 1, Transport Hotel,
Federation Square, Melbourne.