Scratch Restaurants Launch Interactive Virtual Sushi|Bar Experiences


Scratch Restaurant owners Chef Phillip Frankland Lee and his wife Chef Margarita Kallas-Lee have re-imagined their restaurant omakase speakeasy sushi menu into an elegant 16-course at-home dining experience.

The chefs created videos to accompany each bite simulating the experience of dining in-person at their Encino Sushi|Bar restaurant. The special packaging allows diners to easily recognize the eating order of each land or sea bite.

“While I am glad that Sushi|Bar is now open to those who feel comfortable dining out with the current CDC guidelines, I know that for some Angelinos, it will still be a long time before they are ready to join us in person. Making these supplemental videos adds a new level of hospitality while dining at home, provides a new option for people who aren’t ready to go to a restaurant but are currently socializing with small groups of friends and looking for new forms of entertainment, and expands our reach to Los Angeles diners well beyond the existence of COVID-19,” said Chef Phillip Frankland Lee.

The menu is elegant, delicious and a wonderful way to take a night off from cooking but still enjoy the experience of a night out. Frankland Lee’s mastery of selecting the perfect flight of food is exceptional, and this omakase selection is a real treat.

The sixteen course menu I received included a delicious welcome cocktail, land and sea bites including Blue Fin tessin, Hamachi, Blue Fin toro, scallop, Shima Aji, Tai snapper, King Salmon, prawn, escolar, smoked albacore, Blue Fin akami, sirlon steak, bone marrow and eel. Also included was an after dinner green tea drink. Each piece was a work of art and with the accompanying videos with Chef Phillip letting diners know exactly which sauce to add to each piece and a little background on what I was eating the take home dinner was almost as if he was sitting in front of me at Sushi|Bar.

I truly miss dining at all the Scratch restaurant, which I consider to be some of the best in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Scratch also has a fantastic pasta bar that is serving take away food, but anything you order will be delicious.

The full omakase is available for $95/person and includes 16 pieces of Sushi|Bar nigiri, Japanese pickled cucumbers, edamame, and a welcome cocktail (for those 21+). Additional bites are available such as Japanese Wagyu, Uni, King Crab, and Blue Fin Toro, for those who want to add more or would rather “build your own” omakase. There is also an optional beverage pairing for $55/person that includes a variety of sake and beer, and guests can additionally select from supplements including cocktails, whiskey, wine and other spirits.

Sushi|Bar is available for pick-up seven nights a week– delivery is NOT available. Same day orders generally stop at 4:30pm but if you would like to place an order after that, you can do so by calling 818-646-6085. To order, please visit: Sushi|Bar is located at 16101 Ventura Blvd (Second Floor), Los Angeles, CA 91436. For more information, please follow: @sushibarla.

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