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Sign Up for Hatsune’s Sake Sensei Dinner Party
Sake can be intimidating. A drink most people would happily cheers to (sake bomb anyone?), but would you know how to order it? Do you more often drink hot or cold sake and do you know the difference other than the temperature?
Hatsune takes as much pride in its sake list as they do with the creative California-style sushi rolls that they’re so widely known for. Offering different varieties of sake ranging in price and taste, they try to make sake as accessible as possible to their sushi-crazed fans.
On a mission to share their love and appreciation for sake, Hatsune’s owner Alan Wong is taking charge by hosting a dinner party focused entirely on sake (supplemented by full dinner menu of course).
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The Triple Threat: Alejandro Sanchez (Niajo), Taka Yamamoto (Sake Manzo) + Omar Maseroli (Mercante + Fiume)
The first of most likely three collaboration dinner series between three very talented chefs, The World of Rice is a special 6-course rice and wine-paired dinner menu created by Alejandro Sanchez (owner and executive chef of Niajo Spanish restaurant), Taka Yamamoto (International Wine Challenge (IWC) sake judge, Sake master and owner of Sake Manzo + Happi Sake restaurants) and Omar Maseroli (founder and head chef of Mercante and Fiume Italian restaurants).
Each of these master chefs are known and very much praised for their authentic and drool-worthy cooking and I have no doubt that this culinary collaboration event will be a spectacular eye-opening experience. More than just Japanese sushi and paellas (more obvious examples of dishes made with a rice base), they will be creating a unique menu that will change the way you think about rice.
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Yotsuba’s Lunch Deal is Lavishly Rewarding
You might think that RMB 150 is too much to pay for a set lunch when you can get plenty of fantastic lunch options for half the price, but don’t be so quick to dismiss.
Yotsuba 四叶 has a strong reputation for fresh and high quality fish flown in straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market. And as much as I have enjoyed the few dining experiences that I have had at Yotsuba, it’s just not possible to dine here regularly unless you don’t mind spending over RMB 800-1,000 per person for a dinner. So that’s why I’m singing praises for their weekday lunch sets because it is significantly more affordable than ordering off their a la carte menu (don’t even think about saying “Omakase” for chef’s choice menu) and though you might think that RMB 150 is a bit of a splurge for lunch, you’ll walk out of Yotsuba feeling grateful having fully satisfied your fresh sashimi/sushi/seafood cravings.
LDS Snapshots of Sushi Yotsuba:
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Entering the wonderful world of Hatsune, most people become quickly acquainted with the restaurant group’s legendary Californian-Japanese sushi rolls, but Hatsune’s recent “Sake Sensei” Dinner Party on Wednesday, July 8th shifted the focus from sushi to sake. Where wine tastings are hosted on a much more regular basis in various restaurants around town, the Hatsune team is passionate about their wine of choice – rice wine.
Hosted by Hatsune’s owner, creator and super sake geek Alan Wong, he personally greeted dinner guests with hot sake shots and cold Asahi beer before the dinner event officially started and the arrival of bottles of premium sake paired with a gorgeous dinner menu featuring Hatsune’s signature dishes alongside a few new dish creations (I’ve already put in a personal request for Alan to add that Aburi-Steak to their menu permanently).
From sake bottles that are favorites on Hatsune’s sake menu to off-menu sakes brought out from Alan’s own collection, each type of sake was distinctly unique in smoothness, flavor and after-taste. Just as interesting as it was to taste the different variations of sake, was seeing how polarizing some sake were – how much some people favored one over the other, but all growing an appreciation for sake that they didn’t have before.
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Hatsune Hosts a Sake Sensei Dinner Party
When you go to your favorite Japanese restaurant, can you work your way through a sake list as you would a wine list?
Do you prefer your sake hot or iced? Do you know which is better and why?
Do you know how sake is made and what distinguishes the different classes of sake?
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Magical NIKKEI Pop-Up Dinner by Chef Daniel Urdaneta + Alan Wong
I had to pinch myself to check whether I was dreaming or if it was real.
Like a fairytale dream come true, NIKKEI emerged out of the thundering clouds early Wednesday evening and exceeded all expectations for a truly extraordinary pop-up dining experience. Not only were we blessed with absolutely the best weather known to Beijing, the two talented teams behind Mosto and Hatsune created something spectacular behind those linen curtains. As guests arrived on the 4th floor rooftop of Nali Patio, they knew they were a part of something special, feeling like they just walked into Beijing’s best kept secret.
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