Saturday, November 17, 2007

11/8/07: Day 7 in Japan Part III - Evening in Osaka

After a long day, there was nothing better than getting back to Osaka for a relaxing evening. I was lucky to have dinner with some of my very favorite people in Osaka at a very nice restaurant called Tamba de Samba serving new and traditional Japanese dishes in Tapas style. Some of the interesting dishes were Japanese favorites croquettes served in four different ways, including parmigiana-like stuffing. Needless to say, this was a type of evening that was much needed after a hectic day!

How do Osaka women keep themselves beautiful? By using soap made of Dassai saké kasu (lees)!

Dinner at Tamba de Samba featuring amazing "Wa-shokki" (和食器) or Japanese table wares that surely added to the enjoyment of the dishes.

My saké of choice: "Maboroshi No Taki" Ginjo (SMV: +4, Acidity: 1.4, Rice: Oyamanishiki, Seimaibuai: 58%). From Toyama, brewed using wellwater from 150 m below ground. Quiet nose, slightly creamy on the palate without the fruitiness one would typically expect from a Ginjo class. While unspectacular, it was unobtrusive when pairing with the meal.

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