Kase Sushi and Sake to Open with Casual Omakase in Spanish Palms Plaza

The brand looks to make responsibly sourced omakase accessible to everybody

Spanish Palms Plaza, a retail center on the northeast corner S Jones Blvd. and W Russell Rd., will soon be home to Kase Sushi & Sake, a new Japanese restaurant slated to open in the first quarter of 2023. Kase will steer away from what many Americans first think of when they think of sushi—the elaborate cut roll—steering towards nigiri, sashimi, and hand roll offerings. The name is short for omakase, a Japanese phrase meaning “I leave it to you,” a (generally upscale and pricey) way to enjoy several courses of sushi selected by the chef.

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“We want to be the bridge between everything Americans know—cut rolls, all-you-can-eat—and omakase, with responsibly sustainable food sources for fish and shellfish,” a representative of Kase told What Now on Monday.

The family-owned restaurant will feature both a la carte and prix fixe menus, with coursed choices featuring appetizers and sashimi and nigiri plates, in a relaxed atmosphere that is both family friendly and suitable for date night. A premium omakase menu will also be featured, along with beer, wine, and sake.

“It’ll be the best of both worlds,” the representative said, describing the restaurant’s casual omakase approach. “Bringing an experience like omakase down from the usual two hundred fifty dollars, making it more affordable and just enjoyable.”

Opening in Spanish Palms Plaza early next year, Kase will join eateries like Mr. Mamas Breakfast and Lunch and Crab Island Seafood Boil.

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
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