Sushi By Scratch Restaurants to Open in Seattle

Chef/restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee, behind Los Angeles’ Scratch Restaurants group, will open Sushi By Scratch Restaurants in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood on Sept. 1.

“It’s been a spectacular 11 months and opening in Seattle is the perfect way to end this amazing year,” says Kallas-Lee, executive pastry chef/owner of Scratch Restaurants, in a press release.

Frankland Lee, executive chef/owner of Scratch Restaurants, continues, “I’m so excited to have access to and start working with the abundance of amazing products in the Pacific Northwest. Our menus always reflect local ingredients and Seattle hits it out of the park when it comes to seafood and shellfish.”

Sushi By Scratch Restaurants Seattle will offer a 17-course omakase that is Lee’s take on nigiri and other delicacies from both land and sea. Each evening offers three seatings–5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.)–at 10 coveted seats at the sushi counter.

Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee Photo credit: Liam Brown

The tasting journey begins 20 minutes prior to the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail in the whisky bar before entering the dining room. As the omakase experiences begins, guests are attended to by three chefs and a bartender as they embark on a progressive tasting journey consisting of strictly nigiri, each item handmade and served as is – no extras, no soy sauce or wasabi.

The ever-changing Sushi By Scratch Restaurants Seattle menu will showcase local fish and seafood, and feature signature dishes like Hamachi painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with a fine sprinkle of breadcrumbs made from Kallas-Lee’s famous sourdough; Albacore wrapped in sake-soaked nori and topped with ponzu, fresh wasabi and crispy onions; and Lee’s signature roasted bone marrow nigiri seasoned with soy sauce, sea salt and freshly grated wasabi root, followed by fan favorite Unagi that’s fried crispy in the rendered bone marrow fat from the previous course and then dressed with poblano yuzu kosho, soy sauce, ponzu, lemon and sea salt. All condiments are made from scratch in house, and the beverage program showcases a selection of Japanese beer, sake and whisky.

Sushi By Scratch Restaurants Seattle Photo credit: Adahlia Cole

The Sushi By Scratch Restaurants Seattle experience is $165 per person plus tax and service charge. Reservations are currently available (and required). To learn more, visit

2331 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA

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