Daniel del Prado of Martina and Colita has partnered with Shigeyuki Furukawa of Kado No Mise to open Sanjusan today in Minneapolis’ North Loop. The new restaurant blends Italian and Japanese cuisines, which means hearty fare like pastas are giving deceptively simple toppings, like a fettuccini tossed with uni and topped with hunks of king crab. Or a spicy tomato sauce pizza adorned with bits of raw tuna and shaved endive.
Located in the former ground floor location of Kado No Mise (now upstairs), the restaurant is divided by the entrance into two rooms. One with an open kitchen and another with the bar. Seating is carefully spaced out to follow COVID protocols and the tables have been adorned with small hooks to hold masks.
The restaurant opened with a smaller menu, divided into starters, yakitori, pizzas from a wood-burning oven, pastas, and main courses. The bar menu is a mix of classic cocktails made with Japanese ingredients and presented with some whimsical flourishes, like a martini glass garnished with copper wire held cotton candy cloud.
Sanjusan is open beginning at 5pm tonight, and daily thereafter. Reservations can be made online.
Kado No Mise is still on site, but now located upstairs in the former kaiseki dining room. Adjacent whiskey bar Gori Gori Peku is unchanged.