San Diego’s first omakase-only sushi bar is setting up shop off of Convoy, with a slated opening date of June/July 2018. Hidden Fish will offer an intimate experience with only 13 seats and 30-minute or 90-minute ” seating. No miso soup or California rolls will be found here. Chef John Hong (AKA Chef Kappa) and his team will provide a premium sushi experience with each piece of fish made as an art, using only high-end ingredients. Think truffles, caviar and uni.
The multi-course, chef’s choice menu will be the main focus of a new Japanese eatery opening on Convoy Street this July. Influenced by sushi bars from Tokyo and New York City’s Sushi on Jones, Hidden Fish will combine traditional technique, high-end ingredients and top-quality seafood. Inside its 1,000-square-foot space, the 13-seat sushi bar will dedicate eight seats for a 30-minute, 12-piece omakase menu for $50 while five seats will be reserved for a more leisurely 90-minute meal featuring 18 pieces for $90.
With 14 years of professional sushi-making under his belt, chef John Hong, also known as chef Kappa, will showcase that a sushi experience can be enjoyed at a quick pace without sacrificing quality. After all, Tokyo’s beloved Sukiyabashi Jiro, the subject of the documentary film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, allots just a half-hour for its omakase menus which cost hundreds of dollars.
Hong was the lead sushi chef at the Gaslamp’s Bang Bang restaurant since its inception in 2013. At Hidden Fish, his menu could include sample nigiri such as yellowtail with soy-based chimichurri, bluefin tuna zuke with black truffle and micro shiso or scallop and uni with plum salt and pickled wasabi root.
Delicacies from the sea are sourced from around the globe – including a rotating selection direct from Japan’s renowned Tsukiji Fish Market – and each ingredient has been selected by experts for quality and freshness. High-end ingredients like caviar and truffle will be incorporated with fresh seafood.
Though diners will have to relinquish their sushi bar seats when their 30 or 90-minute dining sessions are up, there will be a separate lounge area for pre-or-post meal relaxing with a glass of beer, wine or sake.