Dining at Otoko is a rarified experience. The modern kaiseki secreted away upstairs at the South Congress Hotel features a fixed menu that will run you $225 after tax and service and before alcohol, and the tiny restaurant only seats a dozen guests. All of which is to say, the unique experience at chef Yoshi Okai’s restaurant is not exactly a feasible dinner for most people.
But the Kyoto native is about to give a bigger audience a taste of what a select few have experienced. The colorful chef, sometime rock and roll frontman and Food & Wine Best New Chef 2017 is hosting a weeklong pop-up in the Lobby Bar at the South Congress Hotel (1603 S Congress Ave.). From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 30-October 4, the chef will be serving a la carte offerings of dishes found at Otoko. And for a fraction of the cost of the elaborate tasting menu.
The menu will include the following dishes:
Ruibe ($8), partially frozen trout, yuzu zest, fresh onion, dashi joyu, lemon balm
Ocean trout ($10), Asian pear, yuzu ponzu, mint, mexican marigold, frozen tomato, cucumber
Kanpachi ($10), Chayote squash, mint ponzu, lime zest
Vegetable ($5), Kabocha, hichimi
Vegetable ($5), Okra, sansho pepper
Wagyu ($12), Sumiso, fresh onion
There will also be cocktails crafted by mixologists from Watertrade, Otoko’s sibling cocktail bar, available for purchase.
2018 Austin360 Dining Guide: Otoko (#8)
2016 Statesman review: Unique Otoko captivates with Japanese flavor, style