After three nights of soft opening last week, Japanese-trained Chef Shota Nakajima (formerly of Sushi Kappo Tamura and Japan's Michelin-starred Sakamoto) is bringing the refined Japanese kaiseki tradition to 1449 East Pine tomorrow with his new Naka Restaurant.
Most of the details are the same as when we last spoke: Naka has a "rustic but contemporary aesthetic," Nakajima says, with 48 seats in the main dining area, plus 22 in the bar. The restaurant offers a series of intricate dishes both in courses and à la carte in the restaurant, as well as a collection of simple, more casual plates in the bar. See the full dinner and bar menus below:
Nakajima has brought on Jason Lock as Director of Operations/Wine Director (formerly of Wild Ginger/Triple Door, Miller's Guild, and El Gaucho); Nik Virrey (Liberty) as bar manager; and Aaron Ingersolo (last at Nakajima's catering business Kappo Kitchen) as sous chef. Starting tomorrow, Naka Restaurant will be open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (the bar until midnight); and open from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (the bar until 2 a.m.). Make reservations by phone at 206.294.5230 until OpenTable is set up July 1.