Show 537, August 5, 2023: Restaurateur Courtney Kaplan of OTOTO, Echo Park, Los Angeles Part Two

Courtney Kaplan of Tsubaki and Otono

OTOTO in Echo Park is operated by the dynamic team of Courtney Kaplan and Chef Charles Namba (wife and husband) is Los Angeles’ premier sake bar, the little brother to Tsubaki located next door. It opens at 5:00 p.m. nightly and it’s walk-ins only.

“OTOTO, launched in 2019, offers 50 plus sakes by the glass with an enticing full menu of creative and classic Japanese dishes. A standout item is the Chicken Katsu Sando which is a fried chicken sandwich with snowy cabbage, pickled jalapenos, katsu sauce, kewpie and served on toasted milk bread.”

OTOTO was the recipient of The James Beard Foundation’s prestigious award for “Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program” presented in Chicago at Lyric Opera on June 5th. This is the first time the award has been extended to include “Other Beverages.” Quite an impressive honor for Los Angeles, California and Courtney Kaplan & Chef Charles Namba.

Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5:00 p.m. are educational Sake tastings. Also on offer is the OTOTO Sake Club of the month with the 3 seasonal selections each month personally curated by Courtney Kaplan.

Courtney Kaplan continues the conversation with us about sake and the guest experience at OTOTO.

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