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First look: Kyatchi

Just noodling around inside the new Kyatchi
Just noodling around inside the new Kyatchi
Joy Summers


The corner of 38th and Nicollet Avenue is fast becoming a magnet for food lovers. There's the established Blackbird Cafe on one corner, a meat shop on another, and Five Watt Coffee (with a unicorn stable available for rent by the hour according to their sign) opening soon. And across the street from them is the new Kyatchi, a restaurant that comes from industry veterans specializing in, among other things, sustainable sushi.

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Bellied up to the bar
Bellied up to the bar
Joy Summers


The menu is filled with soups, salads, yakitori, and rice and noodle dishes, in addition to sustainably sourced sushi. There are plenty of bites to satisfy vegetarians, pescetarians, and carnivores. Prices range from $3 for miso broth to $21 for the kaisen donburi (a selection of raw and cooked fish).

The room is cozy and fun, with bright white walls, pops of color, and a beautifully restored bar lined with red vinyl chairs. Owner Sarah Peterson says it was Kim Bartmann, owner of Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, and other area eateries who helped her find a location. "We used to be roommates a long time ago," she says. "She's the one who found us the space. I saw it and I could see what it could become."  

It's not all sushi inside this spot
It's not all sushi inside this spot
Joy Summers

Though the menu is primarily Japanese-inspired, Kyatchi also serves several American dishes, such as hot dogs. It's an eclectic mix to be sure: We tried a snappy pork dog topped with ripe avocado and egg salad, all served atop a scoop of creamy mashed potatoes, and moments later, we lingered over a steaming bowl of bean thread noodles luxuriating in a white miso broth, studded with cubes of heritage breed pork.

Compressed sushi
Compressed sushi
Joy Summers

Of course, there are also several sushi selections available, including sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Perhaps most interesting were the battera, compressed rectangles of seasoned rice with just the right texture, topped with see-through-thin slices of fish and transparent kombu.

Kyatchi is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until midnight, on Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to midnight.

3728 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

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