Chef’s Sushi By Scratch will open in Seattle

Chef/Restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee, are the dynamic couple behind Los Angeles’ much celebrated Scratch Restaurants group. Set to open Sushi By Scratch Restaurants in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood on September 1, 2022.

Margarita Kallas-Lee, executive pastry chef/owner of Scratch Restaurants:

“It’s been a spectacular 11 months, and opening in Seattle is the perfect way to end this amazing year”

“Last September Pasta|Bar in Los Angeles and Sushi By Scratch Restaurants in Montecito each received a Michelin star. Then, in March, we opened both concepts in Austin, we just opened Sushi By Scratch Restaurants in Miami, and most importantly, we welcomed our daughter in April. It’s been a wild ride.”

Phillip Frankland Lee, the executive chef/owner of Scratch Restaurants, said:

“I’m so excited to have access to and start working with the abundance of amazing products in the Pacific Northwest,”

“Our menus always reflect local ingredients, and Seattle hits it out of the park regarding seafood and shellfish.”

Sushi By Scratch Restaurant

Sushi By Scratch Restaurants offers a 17-course omakase. Lee’s new wave takes on nigiri and other delicacies from land and sea. Each evening provides three seatings (5 pm, 7:15 pm, and 9:30 pm). They are giving guests an intimate dining experience at one of the ten coveted seats at the sushi counter.

The Sushi By Scratch Restaurant’s journey begins 20 minutes before the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail in the whisky bar before venturing into the dining room. Once seated, guests will be attended to by three chefs and a bartender. As they embark on a progressive tasting journey consisting of strict nigiri, each item is handmade and served as is – no extras, no sidecars of soy sauce or wasabi.


The ever-changing menu will showcase local fish and seafood. Feature signature dishes like Hamachi painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with a delicate sprinkle of breadcrumbs made from Kallas-Lee’s famous sourdough, Albacore wrapped in sake-soaked nori and topped with ponzu, fresh wasabi, and crispy onions, as well as Lee’s signature 1-2 punch of Roasted Bone Marrow nigiri seasoned simply with soy sauce, sea salt, and freshly grated wasabi root, followed by fan favorite Unagi that’s fried crispy in the rendered bone marrow fat from the previous course and then dressed in poblano yuzu kosho, soy sauce, ponzu, lemon, and sea salt. All condiments, like soy sauce, vinegar, ponzu, and flavored salts, are made from scratch in-house.

“We’re revered for our inventive flavor profiles at our restaurants,” says Kallas-Lee, “and although some of our nigiri flavor profiles may not be what people expect when they think of traditional sushi, our approach to nigiri is very much traditional.”

“I’ve discovered over the years that a truly exceptional omakase experience is more than who has the best fish,” adds Lee. “I mean, sourcing and technique are important, but a great omakase experience must tell a story and take diners on a journey. From our music selection and mood lighting to our wasabi graters and uniforms, we aim to curate a culinary adventure for guests, bite by bite.”


The beverage program showcases a thoughtful selection of Japanese beer, sake, and whisky. Two beverage pairings are at $110. Option #1 includes three sakes, two micro cocktails, and a beer, and option #2 consists of six pours of sake. Beverages are also available a la carte.

The Sushi By Scratch Restaurants omakase experience is $165/person plus tax and service charge. Reservations are available at 10 am on August 1 for September. Reservations are required and can be made at

“We design every night with us to be an unforgettable and deliciously fun experience,” said Lee. “We look forward to connecting with the Seattle community.”


Located in Seattle’s bustling South Lake Union neighborhood. Celebrated chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s omakase speakeasy, where ten guests enjoy an intimate and playful take on the traditional sushi counter experience. Sushi By Scratch Restaurants is open daily, with seatings offered at 5 pm, 7:15 pm, and 9:30 pm. Reservations are released at 10 am on the first of the month for the following month. Reservations are required. To learn more and make reservations, visit

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants is located at 2331 6th Ave in Seattle, Washington.


About Scratch Restaurants

Founded in 2013 by husband-and-wife team Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee, Scratch Restaurants is a collection of innovative restaurant concepts that break down the fourth wall by putting guests directly in the kitchen with a team of chefs for a curated tasting menu experience. Dedicated to an artisanal “from scratch” approach to hospitality, Scratch Restaurants include Scratch|Bar & Kitchen in Los Angeles, Sushi By Scratch Restaurants in Los Angeles, Montecito, Austin, Miami, and Seattle, as well as Pasta|Bar in Los Angeles, and Austin. Pasta|Bar Los Angeles and Sushi By Scratch Restaurants Montecito awarded a Michelin star. To learn more, visit