Monday, October 2, 2023

sawa x Akabu Chief Brewer@Little Tokyo ★★★

Incredible. Exclusive Akabu sake pairing event with 杜氏 Chief Brewer coming from Iwate, Japan. By Fifth Taste. 古舘龍之介 Ryunosuke Furudate, creator of Akabu sake, was seated next to me for the dinner while he hosted the event. Star-struck. I chatted with him and his sister, 古舘岬 Misaki-san, about their brewery with my limited beginner Japanese. Had the best time of my life. The brewery has a long history and is a family business passed on from their grandfather and parents. Akabu Gokujyo no Kire is refreshing, smooth, and fruity excellent premium sake. Hope to be able to visit the brewery in Iwate one day.

Sushi Chef Ryo-san is amazing & caring. Gabriel is like a ray of sunshine. Lynn and Natalia the bartenders are very nice and sweet. Finally got to meet Yumiko-san from Sake Suki. Event omakase $200. $150 for sake pairing at event. Parking lot $6 cash.

Akabu Gokujyo no Kire Best of Best Cut (Flagship) Event Price $220 (Regular Price $330)

Akabu Display

Akabu Gokujyo no Kire Best of Best Cut (Flagship)

Ryunosuke's Sister, Misaki-san 古舘岬

Akabu Siblings with Yumiko-san from Sake Suki on the right

Fried Chutoro (Medium Fatty Tuna) w/ Salt & Grated Wasabi

Chawanmushi w/ Nodoguro & Fresh Seaweed

Akabu Junmai

Sawara (King Mackerel) w/ Shiso Sauce & Shiso Flower

Sawara paired w/ Akabu Junmai

Seared Saba w/ dehydrated egg yolk

Ryunosuke Furudate from Akabu

Uni Cream Somen w/ Sea Urchin from Canada w/ truffle salt

Uni Somen Paired w/ Akabu Junmai Ginjo

Akabu Junmai Ginjo

Ryunosuke-san from Akabu

Anikimo w/ Fresh Grated Wasabi & Pickled Radish

Akabu Junmai Daiginjo

Aji Chopped up w/ Ginger, Chives, Shiso Leaf, Sweet Miso

New Caldonia Blue Crystal Shrimp w/ Yuzu Salt

Sea Bream/ Red snapper w/ Ponzu, Garlic, Onion, Apple

Akabu Hisui

Akabu Hisui

Sweet Shrimp w/ Astera Caviar from China

Spearheaded Squid w/ Uni from Canada

Marinated Akami (Blue Fin Tuna)

Alder Smoked Chutoro (Medium Fatty Tuna)

Otoro Takuan w/ Shiso Leaf

Akabu Junmai Hiyaoroshi (served warm) (discontinued)

Slow cooked Oyster from Japan

Amazing Time

Scallop from Washington

Fish Bone Broth

sawa Signature Soy Sauce Cheesecake

Natalia's Special – Super Lemon Sake Cocktail

Natalia's Special – Black Tea Peach Sake Cocktail

Bottle Autographed by Ryunosuke-san

Akabu Siblings

Yumiko-san from Sake Suki

Got Gokujyo no Kire autographed by Ryunosuke Furudate

Gokujyo no Kire autographed by Ryunosuke Furudate

111 San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 381-5858

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Yama Sake Event@West LA ★★★

Yama Seafood National Sake Day VIP Event. By invitation only. Thank you Yama Seafood for such a fun-filled customer appreciation event. Such a treat with great sake & food pairing. We were divided into smaller groups and rotated around to try the different pairing. It was fun. Sushi Chef Ko-chan is amazing. I always wanted to try his Master Sushi Class, but it's always sold out in seconds. Got to try their new exclusive sake from Hawaii.

Generous Gift Bag Full of Yummy Snacks

Generous Gift Bag

Welcome Lychee Cocktail Drink


Sushi Chef Ko-chan

Opening the Special Sake Barrel

Opening the Special Sake Barrel

Dassai 23

Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo paired with Hamachi (Yellowtail) Sashimi & Nigiri Sushi

Amazing Ko-chan!

So thrilled to finally get to meet Ko-chan!

Tokyo Kurabito Kimoto Junmai Ginjo paired with Ko-chan's Special Lemon Roll & Salmon Sashimi

Ko-chan's Special Lemon Roll & Salmon Sashimi

Hakksaisan Yukimuro paired with Maguro (Blue Fin Tuna) Sashimi & Nigiri Sushi

Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu paired with Amazing Chicken Katsu with their secret SWA sauce

Exclusive Lilikoi Junmai Daiginko Nama Sake from Hawaii paired with Mochidoki Mochi Ice Cream

Mochidoki Mochi Ice Cream (Carrot)

Mochidoki Mochi Ice Cream

Yama Sushi Sake Attitude
11709 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 903-6218

OTOTO World Sake Day Tasting@Echo Park ★★★

Amazing Sake Tasting Event for World Sake Day. Thrilled to meet 山本典正 Norimasa Yamamoto (President of Heiwa Shuzou) and 古舘龍之介 Ryunosuke Furudate, 杜氏 Chief Brewer of Akabu Shuzo from Japan. Got autographed bottles. Light bites included such as Katsu Sandwich from Katsu Sando. $65 per person plus 9.5% tax via Tock.

山本典正 Norimasa Yamamoto, President of Heiwa Shuzou

My personal inventory of Heiwa Muryozan (currently sold out)

古舘龍之介 Ryunosuke Furudate, 杜氏 Chief Brewer of Akabu Shuzo
and his sister 古舘岬 Misaki-san

Autograph from Ryunosuke-san on the box and bottle

Ryunosuke-san's Autographed Bottles added to my personal inventory

Closeup of Ryunosuke-san's Autograph

Namazake Paul

Devin, our favorite Sake Sommelier from n/naka!

1360 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 784-7930