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Find Ribeye Nigiri, Uni Fettuccini, and More Japanese Italian Dishes at the New Sanjusan

Chefs play with comfort and grace inside the North Loop’s new restaurant opening today

A white earthenware bowl with ravioli topped with a lemon-colored sauce, garnished with chives on a blue vinyl background
Daniel del Prado and Shigey Furukawa have opened Sanjusan where Kado No Mise used to be
Joy Summers

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.

A bowl of fettuchini noodles covered in an earthy sauce and piled with shredded crab meat
Parpadelle with king crab and uni
Joy Summers

Sanjusan is open beginning at 5pm tonight, and daily thereafter. Reservations can be made online.

Three ribeye nigiri sit on a while earthenware plate on a blonde wood table, a black dining chair is visible in the background
Ribeye nigiri, just barely charred and served over marrow seasoned rice with shaved horseradish on top
Joy Summers

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.

A martini glass is filled with orange liquid on a blonde wood table. It appears that there is a floating cloud above the glass
Bitter tangerine flavored cotton candy is held aloft from a gin, Aperol, and dry Curaçao drink called the Mican
Joy Summers

Sanjusan

33 North 1st Avenue, , MN 55401 (612) 354-7763 Visit Website

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