As the sequel to Inagiku's first, sold-out Sake Trail Dinner in March, Kazu Yamazaki, the nation's foremost sake importer, will once again lead an exploration of the mystique of sake on Monday, June 21st at the restaurant. This time his tour of the sake trail will involve 12 premium sakes accompanied by a five-course dinner, which Chef Haruo Ohbu has created to complement the world's most potent naturally fermented beverage (see the menu). The 2300 year-old process which today yields thousands of varieties of sakes will be demystified as part of the evening's itinerary, and Yamazaki will explain the fine points of the color, aroma and flavor of the sakes consumed.
Inagiku's rice wine journey will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a sake and sushi reception. Each of the following four courses of Chef Ohbu's menu will be punctuated by two or three sybaritic sakes, and the expedition will end with eight year-old Hanahato 'Kijyoushu' or "noble brewed sake" partnered with flan of tofu with fruit purees.
For the second Sake Trail Dinner, Chef Ohbu has developed some particularly intriguing dishes -- foie gras sushi & ika with nori pasta, seaweed spaghettini and squid julienne and grilled ostrich steak with miso, rolled in paper-thin zucchini among them.
This exciting epicurean exploration of sake is just $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information please call (212) 355-0440.
Inagiku, midtown Manhattan's premier Japanese restaurant has just celebrated its 25th anniversary at its Waldorf-Astoria location. The NewStyle Japanese restaurant may be accessed through the hotel or via its own entrance on 49th street between Park and Lexington.