The happy whisperings started last fall and now the deal is done: Gokan by Musashi officially opened yesterday in the new Evolve Apartments at 954 E. Union St. on Capitol Hill. This new sushi bar by chef Jun Park (of the always packed Musashi's in Wallingford) comes equipped with two wooded tatami rooms surrounded by water fountains, a tiled bar, and an overall creative elegance that reflects Park's personal style and history. Per Capitol Hill Seattle: "Park said he referred to his roots when building Gokan, which means "five senses" in Japanese, because he was tired of the fast-food style in his other restaurants."
Gokan's fare is distinguished by more exotic, under-the-radar fish (head chef Kuk Kim plans to use abalone, monk fish liver, and more), as well as innovative--and varied--plating. Park recruited chefs in part on their artistry, and he gives the back of the house creative license to plate food how they wish. As a result, the appearance of the same dishes may vary considerably day to day.
Park plans to add to the lunch, dinner, and happy hour menus as he goes, but here are the current dinner offerings:
Gokan by Musashi offers lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and serves dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.