September 09 2021 – Dakota Diesel
The Inquirer | By: Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme
Whether you’re looking for a splurgy omakase or a quick roll with some beer, this is the best maki, nigiri, sashimi, and more across the city and suburbs.
Kaiseki began as a pandemic project, delivering a small menu of maki, nigiri, and hand rolls to a wide swath of the city. In late 2020, owners Andy Bernard and Crystal Gurin moved into a permanent space on Spring Garden, and expanded the menu to include chirashi and specialty rolls. Bernard focuses on traditional techniques and influences, so you won’t find California or Philadelphia rolls on the menu — just beautifully cut and seasoned fresh fish, and a selection of homemade Japanese-style pickles. Bernard sources his fish from the same places used by some of the higher-end spots, but his low-overhead and preorder system allow him to price his fish a little bit lower. Kaiseki is still pick-up and delivery only; one note: If you want delivery, you’ll have to preorder before 2 p.m.