Wilde Restaurant, in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel, is celebrating the Rugby World Cup with a special sake tasting evening this coming 9th October in association with Keigetsu and Liberty Wines.
The evening will be hosted by sake master and educator Honami Matsumoto, the founder of House of Sake, and Chief Ambassador of Keigetsu by Tosa Brewing Company. Keigetsu sake is imported to Ireland by Liberty Wines who will lead guests through five styles of sake on the night, each of them paired with a bespoke dish created by Wilde’s Head Chef Sandeep Singh.
The Keigetsu sake range has been produced by the family-run Tosa Brewing Company in Tosa Reihoku, Kochi, since 1877. It is currently run by Muneki Matsumoto, the sixth generation of the family. Keigetsu is a Japanese term which describes the evening scene created when the moon hangs over Katsurahama shore.
Guests will be welcomed with a sparkling sake paired with a trio of canapés, tempura Carlingford Lough oyster, Thornhill duck breast, and beef fillet tartar. The tasting will then feature a sake glazed salmon accompanied by compressed cucumber, mirin pickle and wasabi sour cream, followed by a wild Atlantic turbot with leek purée, caramelised endive, silken tofu, clam and mussel velouté.
It will culminate with John Stone rib eye steak with celeriac and shallot and baby watercress dressed with miso BBQ. Dinner will finish with a white chocolate & yuzu bavarois, blackberry and black sesame seed crumb.
“October is a very significant month for sake in Japan’s cultural calendar and in the brewing process. It is when the rice is harvested, placed in special jars and the fermentation process begins.” said Head Sommelier Philip Dunne.
“The uniquely-shaped jar can be found in the symbol of the Japanese alphabet used to indicate October. The love for this drink has traditionally been so strong that in 1978, the Japanese government designated the 1st of October as International Sake Day. This year we are delighted to join the celebrations with this special one-night event in Wilde.”
This event is part of the wider wine program that Philip Dunne has continued as Head Sommelier at The Westbury. He curates every aspect of the wine offering in Wilde: from designing the wine list, which has been awarded with the Certificate of Excellence by the Wine Spectator Awards and the Special Jury Prize by the World of Fine Wine Awards in 2019, to the wine dinners in collaboration with Napa Valley Opus One that are set to continue in 2020.
The Sake Tasting Dinner will take place in Wilde on Wednesday 9th October with drink reception at 6.30pm and dinner sit down at 7pm. A limited amount of tickets are available, priced at €70 per person.
All bookings can be made through Wilde by calling (01) 6463352 or emailing Laetitia_wilde@doylecollection.com.