October 2, 2022
&#13Remarkably regarded Japanese cafe Kata Robata has often had a great deal of sake and cocktails to pair

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Remarkably regarded Japanese cafe Kata Robata has often had a great deal of sake and cocktails to pair with its cuisine, but the Higher Kirby cafe has just lately stepped up its wine system, as well.

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Inspired by his time as an government assistant chef at Sushiko Honten in Tokyo, chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi needed to up grade the restaurant’s wine offerings. A new reserve record, produced by wine director Stephanie Vu in consultation with sommelier and Houston Wine Merchant manager (and Kata Robata frequent) Antonio Gianola, offers an pleasing array of options from France, California, Italy, and much more.

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At the superior finish, wine lovers can splurge on a $1,300 bottle of 1999 Chateau Margeaux or a $900 bottle of 2002 Dom Perignon P2. All those looking to expend a tiny less will uncover choices this kind of as a 2016 Adleshiem Pinot Noir ($105) or a 2015 Zeni Muller Thurgau ($55). Although the wines aren’t made to be paired with any unique dishes, Vu is normally delighted to suggest selections that will suit a person’s taste.

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“When Chef Mamoru Sugiyama and his staff began pairing sushi with wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, everybody thought he was mad,” chef Hori said in a assertion. “But it labored! I really like sake, but expertly paired wine and sushi is genuinely tasty.”

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“We have cautiously picked these Reserve wines from all areas to inform a tale with each and every bite,” Vu additional. “Despite the nations around the world coming from various finishes of the world, they are really meant for each other. Sometimes when diverse components are blended, they can create something one of a kind.”

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To rejoice the new giving, chef Hori and Gianola have teamed up for a particular wine lunch on Saturday, July 30. Priced at $300 for every individual in addition tax and gratuity, the menu features dishes these kinds of as: treats like lobster Chawanmushi paired with NV Champagne Waris-Larmandier Grand Cru Further Brut Blanc de Blancs Particules Crayeuses sashimi paired with 2007 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillons” pan-seared kinmedai with shiso-ankake sauce matched with 2010 Domaine Potintet-Ampeau Meursault 1er Cru “Les Charmes” and Texas wagyu beef paired with 2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé. Reservations are offered by using the Resy app.

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“As with most meals at Kata Robata, there is a subtle and peaceful intensity to this food,” Gianola claimed. “I selected all French wines considering that Chef Hori’s 1st knowledge with wine was French (as is his favored wine).”

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After the lunch, Gianola’s wines will be extra to Vu’s reserve record. Pricing is nevertheless to be introduced.