Sushi lovers in Edmonds are about to get a treat. San Kai — a new restaurant from star sushi chef Ryuichi Nakano — is planning to open up downtown on Fourth Avenue North in late September or early October. San Kai co-owner Shubert Ho tells Eater Seattle that the new place will feature a seasonal omakase experience in an intimate setting, with seating for 30 and natural wood accents. “It’ll be good for date night, but families are welcome too,” Ho says, adding that the permit process is going smoothly so far.
Chef Nakano is well known in the Seattle area for Tangletown’s Kisaku, a popular spot for excellent omakase at a reasonable price (it appears on Eater Seattle’s list of best sushi restaurants). After selling Kisaku last October, Nakano eyed Edmonds for his next project and met Ho through a mutual acquaintance. The pairing should prove to be an effective one, since Ho and his business partner Andrew Leckie have plenty of experience in the neighborhood, opening well-received spots such as Bar Dojo and the seafood-focused Market.
Edmonds is also well known for its excellent Asian food, although many of the best restaurants in the area focus on noodles, hot pot, dim sum, or Korean fried chicken. The addition of a destination sushi spot to the mix will surely be welcome.