Philadelphia, PA - The Joto Sake Experience with Chef Jose Garces can only be described one way, Out of this world! The event was held at Garces’ Okatshe Restaurant inside of the Tropicana Resort and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The cuisine has been described as Garces’ playful, modernized take on traditional Japanese izakaya. This welcoming venue is a hidden gem behind the doors of what appears to be a Japanese style candy storefront. Once behind the doors, you enter a cozy yet sophisticated restaurant with traditional table seating as well and booths, sushi bar, and grill seating.
The Joto Sake Experience took diners on a delightful journey through Five courses all expertly paired with a Sake that brought out the flavors of each dish. The Journey began with Maki and Sushi. Three small plates consisting of seaweed salad, 5 Spice Ribs and Chashu Buns filled with pork belly followed. The fourth course featured five different Yakitori including beef short rib, Sausage, mushrooms, and scallops all prepared in different savory sauces. The Large plate featured a mouthwatering and perfectly cooked sake glazed wagyu sirloin. The evening was finished off with a sweet treat to complete an absolutely delightful culinary experience.
The only part of the experience that was even better than the food was being greeted by Chef Jose Garces himself. Chef Garces was a gracious and humble host. He was on hand to answer any questions and discuss the dishes that were presented.
Overall the evening was fun, informative and a culinary delight! Next time you are in Atlantic City Chef Garces’ Okatshe is a must visit!
Chef Jose Garces Opens Okatshe - Okatshe (pronounced Ō- kaht-she) is Chef Jose Garces playful, modernized take on a traditional Japanese izakaya. Okatshe visually transports guests to the streets of Tokyo and provides a sense of discovery by taking guests through a small Japanese candy (okashi) storefront before entering the restaurant.