There was a Japas (=Japanese Tapas) Cooking Class and Sake Tasting
sponsored by Divertimenti, one of the biggest kitchen tool store in London.
With great Atsuko san of Atsuko's Kitchen!
Today's participants are 6 people, from someone who used to live in Japan
to someone who knows almost nothing about Japanese cooking,
yet everyone was very enthusiastic because of their love of Japanese cuisine.
Today's menus include:
Tuna & Avocado Salad with a Wasabi Sauce,
Crisp Gyozas served with Sesame Chilli Oil & Sujoyu Dipping Sauce,
Dengaku (seared ribeye steak with daikon and red miso),
Dashimaki Tamago (egg roll served with grated daikon and chives)
Mini Oyako Don (salmon sashimi fillet on pressed sushi rice
and garnished with salmon roe)
Grounding Daikon, knowing how to use Mirin or Dashi stock,
Making Dashimaki Tamago, making Sushi rice, wrapping Gyoza.
everything seemed new to the people here and at first they were little afraid,
but soon got better and better and I loved to see participants enjoying to cook.
Today's Sake menu is (from the left on the photo) :
Garyubai, Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki (Shizuoka preefcture),
Shirakawago, Junmai Ginjo Sasanigori (Gifu prefecture),
and Yamatoshizuku, Yamahai Junmai (Akita prefecture).
Garyubai Junmai Ginjo was the most popular because of its fresh and fruity flavors,
Yamatoshizuku Yamahai Junmai was served warm and male guests loved it.
Participants seemed to enjoy tasting the different characteristics of Sake and finding your favorite ones,
and I enjoyed to communicate with each of them about their specific questions like
how to serve sake and match with food, where to buy and etc.
Thank you very much Atsuko san!
next collaboration is our two day pop-up restaurant named "A La Japonaise"!
I will open a little Sake store there.
28th is fully-booked, there are still some seats available on 29th, please book!
A La Japonaise！日本酒ブースを出させていただきます。
A LA JAPONAISE - AUTUMN
Aki Matsuri on 28-29th October
A la Japonaise is the brain child of Atsuko and Elsa, two professional chefs who have decided to make their native Japanese and French cuisines collide for a series of special culinary events organized throughout the year.
Each month, we will celebrate the seasons and creating dishes with the most delicious things that Nature has to offer, "à la Japonaise". We will be following the festive Matsuri calendar. Our goal is to create a memorable dining experience serving you refined comfort foods to contemporary tastes balanced by traditional sensibilities and visual artistry.. All in all , a friendly and intimate experience!
While our summer dining events were candlelit and held in an elegant Kensington garden, our autumnal dinners take a twist and take you the opposite way to the east end, to SNAP Studios, a renowned photo studio to take a peek on what's happening on the other side!
Aki Matsuri October 28-29th
For some, autumn is the mere reminder of the ending of summer, its greenness and its warmth. But in Japan, it is essentially a period of renewal and harvests, marked by a spirit of abundance. Just as for spring’s cherry-blossom viewing (sakura), thousands travel to contemplate the colour-changing landscapes (koyo) and taste the regional autumnal dishes.
Luckily (or unluckily, depending on the time of the phrasing), our own British summers are easy to forget and they pave the way to wonderful autumnal gourmet seasons. Hence, our mission, this month, to show you that autumn is definitely the new summer, with its abundance of flavours and colours!
Friday 28th October 8:00pm - fully booked
Saturday 29th October 7:00pm *spaces are limited.
Menu: Six-courses menu. *please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Suggested donation: £45
A sake bar will be held from 7:00pm with specially selected sake offered by our professional sake sommelier Natsuki, a winner of Sake Communicator Award 2011 of IWC.