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Luxe New Sushi Destination Kessaku Debuts in Downtown Dallas

Score king crab nigiri, super-fresh sashimi, and creative cocktails at the new Kessaku

A trio of nigiri — king crab, shrimp, and uni
Get ready for seriously decadent nigiri
Kessaku [Official Photo]
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Kessaku, Downtown Dallas’s newest destination for top-notch sushi and a broad selection of Japanese spirits, will officially kick open the doors this week.

The restaurant is set to make its debut for dinner service on Wednesday, March 24. As previously reported by Eater, Kessaku is the sister spot that’s located right on top of Monarch, the brand new restaurant from chef Danny Grant, known for his work at restaurants like RIA and Maple & Ash in Chicago. At Kessaku, he’ll be joined by chef Hari Chan, who will oversee a menu of stunning sashimi, nigiri, and sushi rolls.

With 60 seats inside, Kessaku also boasts views of Downtown Dallas from its perch atop the observation deck at the National building. According to a press release, the restaurant’s lounge-style vibe was intended to resemble a “hidden club in London,” with the walls upholstered in velvet, warm accent colors, and plush, couch-style seating.

A restaurant dining room with pink, couch-style seating, plush mustard chairs, chandeliers, and tables
The interior at Kessaku
Kessaku [Official Photo]

As far as the food is concerned, expect top-quality sashimi and sushi rolls, alongside creative nigiri options like the king crab nigiri, which is served with miso drawn butter, crab, caviar, and temaki. Roll options include a hamachi roll with aji amarillo, yuzu, and crispy ginger, and the unagi cucumber roll with barbecued eel. On the cocktail menu, a lengthy list of sakes and Japanese whiskeys will be on offer, along with libations like the Fromage Noir, mixed with goat cheese, gin, spiced pear, and lemon.

Kessaku is currently accepting reservations for dinner service starting on Wednesday. The restaurant will operate Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.