Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, the 31-seat restaurant has salvaged materials throughout its interior, from the 30-foot slab of solid elm that functions as the bar to the ceiling and walls, made of salvaged eucalyptus and bamboo plywood, respectively. Its interior is tranquil and bright, with the minimalism and clean lines that characterize Japanese design. The restaurant’s sophistication is also reflected in its menu: kaiseki is the Japanese equivalent of haute cuisine, and utilizes an extensive paletteof colors, tastes, flavors, and cooking techniques.
Photos by Patricia Chang, Dan Hogman, and ArcHive
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