Patricia Yeo: Bringing Sake, and Soon Moksa, to the Masses

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Patricia Yeo, Sake Savior Photo: Mackenzie Stroh/New York Magazine

Grub Street hears that OM's Patricia Yeo will host a special sake dinner on December 5 with sake-savvy Richard Auffrey (he's a certified sake professional, FYI). We also have an update on her in-the-works izakaya, Moksa, opening soon in Central Square.

First, the latest on Moksa: We're told that the launch date has been pushed back a tad and that Yeo plans to debut the spot in January 2012. We were originally hoping for a December opening, so boo hoo, but at least this will be one way to fight off our post-holiday blues.

Now, for the sake: Apparently Yeo began to realize that many OM'ers were familiar with sake as a spirit but few knew much about it in comparison to beer, wine, gin, vodka, tequila, mescal, and so forth. She also wants to showcase the oft-overlooked beverage's food-friendliness; the onetime biochem major hopes to show us how sake's amino acids pair so very nicely with food. We won't argue.

Here's her menu:

First Course
Hamachi, Green Apple, Sweet Maui Onions & Wasabi Oil
Paired with the Murai Family Tokubetsu Honjozo

Second Course
Smoked Ham Hock Congee & Pork Belly
Paired with the Shirakabegura 'White Label' Tokubetsu Junmai

Third Course
Chorizo Crusted Bass, Melted Endive
Paired with the Watari Bune 'Ferry Boat' Junmai Ginjo

Fourth Course
Twice-Cooked Beef Cheek Rendang
Paired with the Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto

Fifth Course
Beignets & Sauces
Paired with the Hou Houshu Sparkling Sake

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp; tickets are $90. Call OM for your seat.