Saiko Sushi is designed to be a fun, upscale space that focuses on the working of the sushi chefs. Using traditional Japanese construction materials of wood and concrete in a modern way on the sushi bar brings a hint of playfulness to the space. The bright white of the sushi preparation area stands out in stark contrast to the deep red color of the rest of the space. Cutouts in the rear wall of the sushi bar area expose the original block wall and will become highlight areas for sake bottle displays.
We also worked with the owners of Saiko Sushi to design their second restaurant in North Park with the goal of becoming San Diego’s premier craft sake purveyor. The design includes a full hot kitchen along with a four station sushi bar and craft sake bar. A circular suspended bamboo soffit hangs over the communal table and pays homage to the hangiri bowl, a traditional Japanese bowl used to prepare rice for sushi.